US Army to opt for virtual recruitment to meet end-strength goal

22 June 2020 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2020 16:24)

The US Army is planning to leverage virtual technologies for recruitment in a bid to meet end-strength goal of 485,000 soldiers by 30 September.

The US Army is planning to leverage virtual technologies for recruitment in a bid to meet end-strength goal of 485,000 soldiers by 30 September.

Army News Service Thomas Brading reported that the military branch aims to sign 10,000 enlistment contracts during a three-day virtual hiring programme scheduled to start from 30 June.

Army Training and Doctrine Command commander General Paul Funk said: “We’re looking for those young men and women that want to be infantry people; multiple launch rocket systems crew members; air and missile defence crew members; unmanned aircraft systems operators.

“We’re looking for cryptologic linguists. We’re looking for psychological operations specialists. Explosive ordnance disposal specialists, and just about anything you can think of that the army does.”

Earlier this year, the US Army suspended processing new applicants due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the transfer of recruits to basic combat and training was scaled down to ensure the safety of the personnel.

The US Army’s retention is also on the rise with 52,700 soldiers continue to serve in the branch. Earlier, it was estimated that 50,200 soldiers will continue with the US Army.

However, some personnel opted to stay and continue after the end of their contracts as the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the employment market.

US Army assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs Casey Wardynski said: “We’ve done about 2,000 short-term extensions to keep people on the force three to 11 months. So that’s a very small share of the overall retention.”