What will it take to keep the U.S. military strong? Money? Weapons systems? Defense Secretary Ash Carter says in an intriguing piece in The Atlantic that it will take people — the right people. Turns out he’s having trouble finding them.
Says the story, “The military services today are losing talent. Bright, capable young men and women — almost all combat veterans — are leaving the services in sizable numbers. They are entirely of the Millennial generation, those Americans born after 1980, and since 2001 they have only known a military at war. While the ebb and flow of young people into and out of the military is always a steady tide, the ongoing drain of experienced and bright young officers departing service today after five to 15 years in uniform is a concern. A 2010 survey of Army officers found that only 6 percent of those asked agreed with the statement, ‘The current military personnel system does a good job retaining the best leaders.’”
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