Over the last few years, the US Army Recruiting Command has encountered a number of problems in getting potential troops “into boots,” including the COVID-19 pandemic’s limits, a dwindling number of psychologically and mentally eligible Americans, and waning public trust in the military. Despite these variables, according to Army Times’ appeal for information, the department almost exceeded its admission targets in fiscal 2021. This fiscal year, USAREC secured 57,606 active-duty enlistees, compared to a goal of 57,500, according to the command. Only 11,690 Army Reserve applicants were sent to training, against a target of 15,875. Despite the Army’s request that USAREC performs better in the fiscal year 2022, the command will have fewer recruiters. However, USAREC believes it can achieve its aim by assigning each recruiter their own quota and territory in order to strengthen community ties.