There are myriad reasons recruitment efforts are going to erode. I was in the
Marine Corps in the mid 2000s. I absolutely loved it. I recommended it to pretty
much anyone I talked to. No longer. Our supposed leaders at the top are proving
to be incredibly incompetent and corrupt. There really isn't much by way of
leadership. Do yourself a favor if you are considering a career in the military
or civil service. Reconsider. Remember Benghazi. If you, as one of the rank and
file, were responsible for the deaths of two Navy SEALs and an ambassador, you
would be nailed to a cross right now. The upper layer of 'leaders,'
however, are totally shielded. Living comfortable, traveling the world,
campaigning, wine tasting, etc. Not only that, they've squandered the
Treasury, so it isn't like they're going to be able to pay you. Severe
defense cuts are coming. There's going to be some serious desertion and
mutiny in the not to distant future. Things will get worse before they get
better. Better wait until then before enlisting.
Not in Utah. Enlistments per capita are the lowest in the entire nation. Young
men and woman here are not encouraged to serve in the military. The people of
Utah prefer to have others do that. This problem has a long history in the
state and does not appear to improve in the foreseeable future.