The U.S. Army is facing difficulties finding enough recruits and hopes increased bonuses will lure them in, according to a report on Wednesday.
The Army for the first time is offering a maximum enlistment bonus of $50,000 to highly-skilled recruits who join for six years, the Associated Press reported. Until now, the record high was $40,000.
The head of Army’s Recruiting Command, Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, told the AP in an interview that the difficulties stem from schools shuttering during the pandemic and a competitive job market.
“We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems basically shut down,” said he told the outlet. “We lost a full class of young men and women that we didn’t have contact with, face-to-face.”
But he also said some young people are taking gap years and “are making the decision that they don’t necessarily need to work right now.”
Vereen said last year’s recruiting goal was 57,500 and this year it would be about the same.
“We want to promote the value of serving your country first,” he said. “But we also know that, this generation and I guess human nature, you know, it’s all about compensation, too.”
The recruiting struggle comes as the military is poised to separate possibly tens of thousands of service members for declining to be vaccinated and defying the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate. The number of unvaccinated service members is estimated to be around 30,000. So far, the Marine Corps has separated more than 200, and the Air Force more than 20.
The Army said Wednesday it has not yet involuntarily separated anyone over the vaccine mandate, but that it has relieved six active-duty leaders from their command and issued 2,994 general officer written reprimands to soldiers over the vaccine mandate. Those reprimands are often career-ending.
More than ten thousand across the services have requested an exemption from the vaccine based on religious reasons, but so far, no religious exemption requests have been approved. More than three dozen Republican House lawmakers and nine Republican senators warned in an amicus brief last month that denying all religious exemption requests would hurt the recruitment of individuals of faith.
The recruiting difficulties also come as public confidence in the military is shrinking. A recent survey by the Ronald Reagan Institute showed a drop of 11% of Americans with high confidence in the military — just since February, as previously reported by Breitbart News. That drop was attributed to “political leadership.”
The current military leadership has also come under scrutiny from the right, after several military leaders defended the importance of service members reading books about Critical Race Theory during hearings last year. The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, defended putting How to Be an Antiracist on his recommended reading list, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley defended learning about “white rage.”
Vereen said the total amount of available bonuses has not been set. Last year, the Army spent more than $233 million in bonuses, with about 16,500 recruits getting an average enlistment bonus of $14,000. After failing its annual recruitment goal, the Army spent more than $485 million in bonuses in 2018.
Army Brig. Gen. John Cushing, the deputy commander at Recruiting Command, told the AP that the bonuses will be concentrated in the next few months when it is really needed, versus spread out across the year.
‘It is certainly a weapon that we have in our arsenal. And I think we’ve used it effectively and I’m very confident we’ll get after it again this year,” he said.
New York Times Complains CDC Victimized by ‘Imperfect Science’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been victimized by “imperfect science,” the New York Times complained Monday.
While the establishment media throughout the pandemic have urged Americans to “trust the science” because it is the “only method we have of understanding the world,” the Times acknowledged that science is imperfect.
The revelation about the fallibility of science was a reason for the Times to scapegoat President Biden’s failing coronavirus response. In an article titled, “The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science,” the publication warned readers that federal government mandates, recommended by health experts, cannot keep pace with the CDC’s science.
“The Omicron coronavirus variant is moving much faster than researchers can, worsening a longstanding problem: The agency (CDC) must make tough decisions with scant data,” the article read.
The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. https://t.co/rcDezphVRR
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 28, 2021
The Times suggested there is urgency for Biden’s CDC to recommend mandates at “breakneck” speed yet admitted the decisions are prone to problems because science is revealing “insufficient evidence”:
Because decisions must be made at a breakneck pace, the agency has issued recommendations based on what once would have been considered insufficient evidence, amid growing public concern about how these guidelines affect the economy and education.
The paper continued to assert the CDC’s medical decisions, based on its scientific method, have become “demoralizing” for a “bureaucracy staffed primarily by medical professionals” due to the shifting scientific evidence.
“The most recent example, the isolation advice, left turmoil within the agency over the way in which it was established and announced,” the paper wrote about the CDC’s ever-changing coronavirus health guidelines.
The Times‘ warning that the CDC’s science is imperfect comes as Biden’s top medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, claimed in November to be synonymous with science.
“If they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci, well people can recognize that there’s a person there, so it’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science,” the doctor defended himself against accusations of fallibility.
Last week, scientific health experts defended Fauci’s credibility and professed their “unreserved respect and trust as a scientist and a national leader.”
“His advice has been as well informed as data and the rapidly evolving circumstances allowed,” the letter continued. “And importantly, he has given his advice with humility, being clear about what we know and what is unknown, but requires judgment.”
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Salt Lake Tribune Calls For ‘Mass Vaccination Campaign,’ National Guard To ‘Ensure’ Unvaccinated Aren’t ‘Allowed, Well, Anywhere’
The Editorial Board for The Salt Lake Tribune thinks the state of Utah should conduct a totalitarian mass vaccination campaign involving National Guard troops, who would “ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.”
Editors for The Salt Lake Tribune believe that Utah Governor Spencer Cox should deploy National Guard troops in his state to enforce a totalitarian mass vaccination campaign and seemingly isolate the unvaccinated from society, according to a piece they wrote titled “Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic, the Editorial Board writes.”
In the beginning of the piece, the editors accuse Utah leadership of “waving the white flag of surrender in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
According to them, the state government should have launched a post-9/11 or post-Pearl Harbor style government campaign, and apparently martial law, to implement tyrannical mask and vaccine mandates at the start of the pandemic.
The Utah government’s reluctance to deploy troops on the streets, combined with an alleged COVID-19 test shortage, and the spread of “misinformation” upsets the editors at the Tribune.
“For more than two years now, officials at all levels and in all branches of our government have missed chance after chance to get a handle on this rapidly spreading and rapidly evolving virus,” they complained.
“Rather than call for the kind of patriotic coming together that Americans responded to after Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we were assured that it was not a real problem, that it would ‘magically disappear,’ even that it was all a hoax, a plot to extend the power of the federal government and/or further enrich Big Pharma.”
They further claim that while Governor Cox advocates for the COVID-19 vaccines, which do not prevent individuals from catching or spreading the virus, he has not done enough.
They especially took issue with how the state’s congressional delegation and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes “so proudly stood against” mandating the controversial injections, and that the U.S. Supreme Court declared Joe Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandates unconstitutional.
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The editors wrote that the newly discovered Omicron variant, which has been infecting vaccinated people, was “predictable.”
“And the challenge is the same as it was with alpha and delta: Most people weather it OK, but the serious cases are still enough to overwhelm hospitals,” wrote the editors, without acknowledging the possibility that Utah hospitals firing unvaccinated healthcare workers may have something to do with poor hospital functionality.
At the end of the piece, the editors fantasize about a military-imposed mass vaccination campaign, as well as the apparent oppression of those who do not provide proof of vaccination to the authorities.
“We might have headed off omicron with a herd immunity-level of vaccinations, but that would have required a vaccination mandate, which our leaders refused. Instead, we get, ‘No one could have seen this coming.’ That is patently untrue. They were told what to do, and they refused,” they wrote.
“Were Utah a truly civilized place, the governor’s next move would be to find a way to mandate the kind of mass vaccination campaign we should have launched a year ago, going as far as to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.”
Emphasis added by National File.
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Clyburn: People Stopping Build Back Better, Voting Rights Legislation ‘Supporting Autocracy Over Democracy’
Monday on MSNBC’s “Craig Melvin Reports,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) slammed his congressional colleagues who helped stall President Joe Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” agenda and voting rights legislation.
Clyburn, who admitted he had run out of patience, argued that the people who stopped the two Democrat bills “are supporting autocracy over democracy.”
“[T]he same people who are stopping this, they’re stopping Build Back Better. And the child tax credit that we need in place now is in Build Back Better. Affordable housing that we need for people who lost their houses and lost their wealth is now — has got less than half the wealth that white people have, we need the affordable housing bill. That’s in a Build Back Better,” Clyburn outlined. “And so people who are stopping Build Back Better, stopping voting, they are trying to go to the heart of what’s needed in the African American community in order for us to maintain this pursuit of perspective that we have been on for a long, long time.”
“These people are supporting autocracy over democracy, and that’s the big issue here,” he added. “It would have come earlier if the president had put this out there earlier.
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