U.S. Military in need of more troops
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The U.S. army is currently at risk of being too small to secure the nation in the near future. Right now the United States has the second largest military in the world behind China. With the declining defense budgets all military services have been suffering.
According to dailyrecord.com the United States has a population of 324 million, with only 1.5 million in the military, that is less than one half of a percent. While the military has been cut down in size more generals have been being appointed. With each general and their individual staff comes an estimated cost of $1 million. During World War II the United States had fewer generals than this and they were still able to overthrow Germany and Japan successfully. Now with more generals being added to the military it is causing the United States to no longer feared by many nations.
To increase the total number of military staff the army has been trying to recruit students straight out of school. The promise of low college tuition appeals to the younger generation who are ready for college. The military guarantees valuable skills such as leadership, military training, and discipline.
Budget cuts are the main reason the military has been drastically reducing. Less than 16 percent of the national budget is being put towards defense. It has been said that by 2017 the army will have reduced to 450,000 and right now the United States military is smaller than it was before World War II. Military rankings are supposed to be a pyramid-like arrangement, with privates on the bottom and generals on the top. It has become a very top-heavy structure.
General Mark Milley believes that Russia will soon have more advanced weapons with better range and improved technology, such as drones and explosives. With the upcoming election in deciding who will be the United States next president and commander in chief, military experts believe Vladimir Putin, who is the Prime Minister of Russia will take advantage of the new president and launch an attack on the eastern European countries.
“We are out ranged and out gunned,” Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said to breakingdefense.com
The United States needs to invest more in their military if they want to continue to be on top. The national budget has been slowing decreasing and if the United States wants to be prepared for surprise attacks they need it to drastically increase, instead of having it slowing depreciate each year.