The survey conducted by Echelon Insights between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 polled 1,029 respondents. According to the National Pulse, the 72 percent unwilling to volunteer highlights a notable shift in public sentiment regarding military service. In contrast, only 21 percent of respondents said they were willing to serve the country in the event of war.
Incidentally, the survey was done weeks after the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas operatives on Israel. As the U.S. remains deeply engaged in multiple global conflicts – such as in Israel, Ukraine, Syria and the Indo-Pacific region – the reluctance to volunteer for military service may have profound implications for its readiness for war.
The Pulse noted the shrinking size of the U.S. military, which has decreased by 39 percent since 1987. The Army and Air Force both fell short of their 2023 recruitment targets by 10,000, while the Navy missed its target by 6,000. If this trend persists, it could pose significant challenges to the country's ability to swiftly respond to crises, particularly in specialized roles such as pilots and naval specialists that require years of training.
"Let's say the Navy missed recruiting targets for an extended period and wasn't able to bring on the people that it needs to manage submarines and fly its airplanes. If you end up in a major conflict, it's going to take time to train those people," said Tom Shugart, a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security and a former Navy attack submarine commander.
In early October, a survey by J.L. Partners for the Daily Mail asked 1,000 respondents about their willingness to fight for their country in the event of a U.S. invasion. Overall, a majority of Americans said they would be willing to die for their country. However, when the responses were grouped by age, the lowest level of willingness was found among those who were 18 to 29 years old.
In June, a Gallup poll reported that the confidence of people in the military dropped for the sixth year in a row, reaching its lowest level of 60 percent.
Military Recruiting Experts CEO David Eustice said Generation Z, which grew up in the age of the internet, was so used to "immediate gratification." Ironically, this generation was the military's supposed prime target demographic to fill its ranks.
"There are so many choices out there; we're an a la carte society. You can have it if you want to have it; you can have it delivered to you. Almost anything is a swipe or click away," he said. Eustice suggested that the rigor of military training might appear unappealing in a society where a college degree can be earned without leaving one's bedroom.
Experts also believe that adverse economic conditions affect military recruitment.
"When we're in a recession and unemployment is high, then generally the military has very little trouble recruiting people [to] the numbers that it needs because people are looking for a job. On the other hand, if the economy is really good and the employment market is really tight and people have lots of options, sometimes the military has more trouble recruiting," Shugart explained.
Given the fact that there are a lot of opportunities nowadays, the job market in the public and private sectors could be competitive.
Moreover, military recruitment in a generation caught in a cultural war is another thing. As per Eustice, "woke marketing" in recruitment was unlikely to affect the military, especially with a generation that is "very open...to all sorts of different lifestyles. However, it is the parents that are usually "turned off" which may lead to not endorsing military service that much.
Aside from the factors mentioned above, Eustice also believes that minor issues increase military dropouts. Such issues include the number of enlistees who made it through to boot camp, daily limits on the number that can be processed and increased medical background checks – the latter often prolonging the time between signing up and being accepted.
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