THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT 2023 COULD IMPROVE RECRUITMENT
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How the National Defense Authorization Act 2023 Affects Recruiting GoalsThere are two main points about the National Defense Authorization Act 2023 that could affect the way the military recruits for its many branches:
- The U.S. military is a voluntary force. This means Uncle Sam has to get creative with incentives to join. Money is as good of a motivator as anyone can think of.
- Vaccine mandates have been a hot-button issue since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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We Need VolunteersThe recruitment woes of the U.S. military are far from a secret. There isn’t a singular issue but rather many different factors contributing to the discrepancies. Everything from generational values to incentives is on the table. This is why the National Defense Authorization Act 2023 has a chance to make a difference. First, let’s take a closer look at what the vaccine mandate could mean for the American Armed Forces:
- Active-duty military members have had pay and benefits cut off and have even been kicked out of the military for refusing to comply.
- Many believe that recruitment is hurting because people are wary about joining the U.S. military with a vaccine mandate in place.
Will the National Defense Authorization Act 2023 Be Enough?
It’s one thing to deliver funding and make adjustments that align with your goals, but it’s another to do so in a manner that makes a difference. Many are wondering whether or not the NDAA 2023 will be enough, and upon closer inspection, these sentiments may deal with more than just pay.
Celebrated as the largest pay raise for military members in 20 years, the realities surrounding the need for the raise and the upcoming challenges our economy faces begin to humble this claim.
Purchasing power is down, and such a sizable increase in pay is necessary to help keep military households afloat during unsure economic times.
Volunteers looking to score a payday may also be enticed as inflationary pressures mount, but again, will this be enough to make a difference to recruits who are on the fence?
Furthermore, the lingering feelings about mandated vaccinations may be a wound that doesn’t heal quickly. Although 2020 feels like a fever dream, you don’t have to look too far back on past posts to your social media platform of choice to see that everyone did and does have strong feelings on the subject.
Regardless of how much of an impact the changes have, they’re still a welcomed sight to those who need an economic boost and maybe for those who can live with the possible risks of remaining unvaccinated.
No matter where you stand, here’s to hoping the U.S. military can do something about its recruitment goals as tensions ramp up around the world. The National Defense Authorization Act 2023 just may be the solution the American Armed Forces needs.
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