National Guard numbers in decline, but is it a critical problem?

Iowa Army National Guardsmen run through a spray of gasoline and flames during fire phobia training at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, April 13, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tawny Schmit)

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America’s military has fought several social agenda wars in the last few years, and the National Guard is no exception, with the results now revealing that more are leaving the Guard than are joining.

Which, according to a report from legacy media AP, is fueling worries that there will come a time when there won’t be enough members of the military to meet the nation’s requirements.

The battles have included the creeping advance of the gender ideology in the military. Where once there were ranks and files of athletically tuned young men there now are women, too. And while they’re also athletically tuned, their physical characteristics are not the same.

Now, too, in a movement that started under Barack Obama, there are members of the LGBT community scattered through the military, creating further open doors for disunity.

Then there’s COVID, with thousands of members of the Guard, often called “weekend warriors” because they are part-time in the military, answering the call of duty but holding down outside jobs for their careers, are refusing or have sought exemptions.

They could end up being removed from the service.

The AP report noted the impact of COVID, explaining the military at this point is demanding all troops take the experimental COVID-19 shots that have been documented to have negative health impact on many people, especially young men.

Nine thousand Guard members have refused the shots, and another 5,000 have sought religious or other exemptions, the report said.

The obvious problem is that more soldiers are leaving the Guard than are joining.

“For individual states, which rely on their Guard members for a wide range of missions, it means some are falling short of their troop totals this year, while others may fare better. But the losses comes as many are facing an active hurricane season, fires in the West and continued demand for units overseas, including combat tours in Syria and training missions in Europe for nations worried about threats from Russia,” the report explained.

Each year recently, the Guard has had 7,500 fewer soldiers than the year before.

Army Guard chief of staff Maj. Gen. Rich Baldwin told AP the staffing problems right now are worse than at any time in the last 20 years.

It’s not a catastrophe yet. “However, if we don’t solve the recruiting and retention challenges we’re currently facing, we will see readiness issues related to strength begin to emerge within our units within the next year or two,” he said.

The report also suggested that without active operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers do not feel the need to serve their nation.

The report said Guard officials actually are looking at enticements that could be created to encouraging soldiers to join.

Discussed have been health insurance offerings, expanding educational benefits or even a financial bonus to soldiers who would bring in new recruits.

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