The Current State of the United States Army: The Numbers, the Needs, and the Consequences
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Throughout history, the Army has used a multitude of methods to fill its ranks. These methods have ranged from conscription to an all-volunteer Army. Since the advent of the all-volunteer military in 1973, the way the Army obtains recruits and maintains its numbers has taken on new importance, particularly in todays post 9-11 world. The Army is expected to grow by at least 74,200 Soldiers. To meet this new manpower requirement, the Army is focusing on various incentives and new sources of candidates. However, it is neglecting one source of sustainment candidates and service members who have been convicted of minor crimes. For many of these individuals the Army represents a second chance at life. Anyone, regardless of his or her past, can succeed based upon performance. To these individuals, the Army is about hope, not punishment. Consequently, the Army should recruit, rehabilitate, and retain Soldiers who have committed minor crimes instead of barring their enlistment or discharging them.
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