U.S. Special Operations Command is facing a recruiting challenge that may force it to be more choosy about the missions it takes on in the future, a senior Defense Department official said today.
“We have some recruiting challenges, and I think the trajectory is not good over the next few years,” Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, said today.
“Around 30 percent of American high schoolers meet the requirements to join service, and even fewer of them can meet the demands of the special operations community.”
Mitchell shared his concern with an audience at the National Defense Industrial Association 29th Annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict Symposium.
For example, Mitchell said, the current requirement for Army Special Forces is 685 officers and enlisted soldiers.