Intersection of Army recruitment & readiness

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Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Daniel Dailey details how the Army plans to optimize how it recruits new soldiers, and why things that would disqualify someone 20 years ago are no longer issues.


At last week’s Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting, the Army announced that it didn’t meet its recruiting goal for 2018. Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Daniel Dailey, says that while this is a hit to staffing at the branch, the Army has to keep looking for the best and brightest.

 

“At the end of the day, we have to make mission. This is allowing us to take a deeper look into what our entire holistic view of how we are going to recruit this generation of young men and women in America and encourage their influencers on service in the United States Army,” Dailey told Government Matters.

 

The Army has made some big changes to the recruitment criteria recently. For example, Dailey says that various health traits that would disqualify someone 20 years ago are no longer an issue.

 

“We have to put things in perspective of what we need today and the Army of the future as well, and the advances in modern science that aids us in things like correcting vision.

So some of our things are antiquated, we have to look at them and dust them off,” Dailey said.