Essay on The United States Army 's Strategic Planning Guidance

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The United States Army’s Strategic Planning Guidance of 2014 lists five strategic priorities. These are, adaptive Army leaders for a complex world, a globally responsive and regionally engaged Army, a ready and modern Army, Soldiers committed to the Army profession, and the premier all-volunteer Army. In order to support the outlined objectives of the strategy, the Army Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Milley’s top priority is readiness, which includes personnel and staffing the force. Due to the Budget Act of 2011, the active duty Army will reduce personnel strength to 450,000 by the end of fiscal year 2018. Falling below the required number of personnel affects the Army’s ability to meet strategic objectives. The future of the Army’s strength depends on the newest generation of civilians.
Despite downsizing the force, the military continues to recruit high quality civilians. The majority of new recruits in the Army are between 17-24 years of age. (Department of Defense Youth Poll, 2008, p. 2-2). This age group, referred to as millennials, is unqualified to join the military. External factors and disqualifying conditions contribute to the failed recruiting mission and continued decline in enlistment. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the active component Army failed to meet its recruiting goal by 4,696 personnel. (Department of Defense, 2015) The entrance disqualification rates of today’s youth affect the personnel readiness of the Army and pose a threat to national…

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