About four months ago, I wrote about the burdens facing recruiters trying to entice the youth of today into military service. If the outlook seemed bleak then, a newer presentation from the Navy (8MB PowerPoint file) identifies, in the best tradition of military analysts the world over, a number of unsettling problems and trends, yet presents no meaningful ideas on how to solve them.
The problem, in a nutshell, is that people just don’t want to join the military. Not only that, the few, the proud, and the willing are becoming fewer and less willing with every passing year. The future, frankly, is rather bleak:
What’s more, the kids these days have little in common with their Gen-X predecessors, and the armed forces face an unenviable task in adapting to meet the needs of their newest, youngest, warm bodies. Some will fare better than others, of course; consider, for instance, the fellow who created this slide:
“A somewhat alien life force”, in the words of the author, writing of the current generation myspace kiddies. I can’t say I disagree – but r they rly teh ppl u want dfendin ur country, lol? Shouldn’t teh navy b tryin 2 recruit sx-ers n teh geeks, and stuff? Y do u want to enlist ppl who kant spel?
Like, whatever, already… 🙂