Source: WILL

What’s the US Army contemplating doing now that Russian tanks are rolling through the Ukraine as hypersonic missiles hit supply depots and cruise missiles blast Ukrainian volunteer brigades to pieces? According to a new report by Bloomberg, it’s considering cutting down to its smallest size in 20 years.

Based on what Bloomberg reports, the Army plans on cutting the active-duty Army from 485,000 soldiers to 473,000 troops. From there, National Guard and Army Reserve units, which are expected to remain at the same sizes, 336,000 and 189,500, respectively, put the full Army at 998,500 soldiers. That means the Army plans on falling below 1 million troops for the first time in two decades

Apparently, the decision was due to the Army needing to spend more to recruit and retain troops in a tight labor market, with it deciding to focus on quality over quantity.

Speaking on that point, Gabe Camarillo, the undersecretary of the Army, said “We did not want, as we looked ahead at recruiting projections, to take any decrease in our quality.

Continuing and describing why quantity cuts were necessary to keep recruiting quality where it needs to be, Camarillo said “All employers, to include the Army, are facing significant challenges just as a result of a tight labor market that we see across our economy. That creates a lot of the conditions that we are responding to.”

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On one hand, that makes sense. Wars are no longer fights of masses of rifle-armed divisions rushing each other, as was the case in World War I or II. Rather, wars today tend to involve smaller number of troops using highly complex equipment.

Whether a man-portable missile like the Javelin or Stinger, a high-tech tank like the newest model of the Abrams, or highly intricate missile and air defense systems like the Patriot and THAAD, much of the Army’s equipment requires bright minds to properly work it. And that’s before factoring leadership and tactics, both of which also require the mindpower the Army seems to be struggling to recruit.

Whether a light-infantry type war like Afghanistan or a mechanized fight like the one being waged in the Ukraine, modern warfare requires motivated and bright young soldiers for the equipment and tactics to be properly utilized.

But, on the other hand, quantity has a quality all of its own, and slimming down the Army from a numbers perspective only means that any future casualties incurred will make all the more difference in a shooting war.

When a small army takes heavy casualties, rebuilding can take quite a while, time we might not have if Chinese landing craft are on their way to Taiwan or helping the North Koreans push over the southern border.

Either way, it’s disappointing that the Army can’t manage to recruit the men it needs, though perhaps its wokeness and witch-hunt for “extremists” are more to blame than a tight labor market: many young men who would otherwise be interested in the military are utterly uninterested thanks to “White Rage Milley” and the rest of the woke officer corps.