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    Green Berets Have Struggled for Years with Recruiting, Internal Data Shows

    Green Berets Have Struggled for Years with Recruiting, Internal Data Shows

    Last year, the failed to hit its recruiting goal for the first time in decades. But the service's Special Forces has been struggling to bring in talent since before the pandemic, recruiting data shows.

    As Green Beret recruiting has faltered for years, the Army has also been chipping away at the size of its elite units.

    The service has come up hundreds of Special Forces soldiers short of its goals each year since at least 2018, with one exception, based on the internal data reviewed by .com. Meanwhile, quality recruits are becoming increasingly scarce with fewer Green Beret applicants passing the service's grueling selection course each year.

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    “We have to do a better job at telling our story,” Lt. Gen. Jon Braga, head of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, told Military.com in a statement.

    Between 2018 and 2020, the service recruited an average of 1,011 new Special Forces soldiers, missing its goal of 1,540 each year. That data is strictly contract signups, not the total number of soldiers who make it all the way through Green Beret training. Those who don't make it sometimes get second chances or are put into the regular Army infantry.

    In 2021, the Army scaled back its recruiting goals, seeking to bring in 1,250 new Green Berets. It exceeded its goals that year with 1,358 new Special Forces contracts, but dropped…

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