The U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force are facing challenges in meeting their recruitment goals despite implementing various incentives, including sizable signing bonuses. In stark contrast, the Marine Corps has managed to easily meet its recruitment targets without relying on such enticements.
- The Army, Navy, and Air Force have relaxed enlistment standards, established remedial schools for those who fail entry tests, and provided signing bonuses of up to $75,000.
- Combined, these three military branches fell short of their recruitment targets by over 25,000 individuals this year.
- Military leaders point to the limited pool of eligible Americans and competition from civilian employers as reasons for recruitment challenges.
- The Marine Corps, in contrast to the other branches, has successfully attracted recruits without relying on the aforementioned incentives.