Army Invites Retirees as Old as 70 to Return to Active Duty in Attempt to Fix Recruiting Woes

2024-04-09 18:00:27

We have been chronicling the serious issues the U.S. military is having with recruiting since Joe Biden took office, and it’s not pretty:

And who could forget my favorite Navy recruiting technique — drag queens!

So I have been wondering for quite a while how the military was going to fix its very serious issues with recruiting, and imagine my surprise when I found out that the answer might be…..wait for it…..ME!!!!!

From the Daily Caller: Army Seeking Retirees To Come Back To Work Amid Manpower Crisis:

The Army is seeking to bring back retired soldiers to fill critical manpower shortages, according to a service-wide directive published this week.

The All Army Activities (ALARACT) document describes how Army retirees can find and apply for open positions and aims to maintain a sufficient number of personnel to fill all of the Army’s authorized positions.

The message comes as the service has publicly acknowledged struggles to balance a shrinking workforce with the demands of sprawling global mission sets as recruitment woes persist for a third year in a row.

Funny how that three-year thing lines up roughly with Biden’s inauguration. And while this only applies to Army retirees, I’m sure that if the Navy can use drag queens for recruiting, they will invite me back at some point.

But wait, you’re asking, aren’t you too old???? Apparently not!

Any Army, Reserve or National Guard soldier who qualifies as retired or will soon be retired — meaning they achieved at least 20 years of service — and anyone receiving retired pay is eligible to apply, the message states. Neither age nor disability, alone, would exclude a soldier from joining depending on the disability, and they would still have to meet the Army’s health requirements.

“There is no age limitation, although personnel older than 70 are not normally recalled,” the message states.

I’m in!

The Daily Caller continues:

The publication initially sparked confusion and irony among military professionals online regarding the program’s voluntary nature and whether it indicated deeper manning issues….

“The Army does have significant manpower shortages, but they are concentrated at the lower enlistment grades due to the recruiting crisis,” retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, an expert on defense policy and strategy and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the DCNF. “So I am not sure this particular message does indicate a problem, since retirees are old.”

Ouch, way to kick a guy when he’s down.

Anyway, here’s an X version of me returning to the submarine force:

In any case, it is unusual for the military to be looking for retirees, as some on X have noticed:


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