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    Air Force to Miss Recruiting Goals for First Time in More Than 2 Decades

    Air Force to Miss Recruiting Goals for First Time in More Than 2 Decades

    NATIONAL , Maryland — The will, as expected, miss its active-duty recruiting goals for the first time since 1999, Secretary Frank Kendall said during a conference here Monday.

    “We're almost to the end of the fiscal year, and the expectation is we're going to come in short about 10%,” Kendall told Military.com during a media round table, adding that the service plans to address long-standing recruiting issues in an effort to improve next year. “I'm overall encouraged by where we are in recruiting, but we still have a lot of work.”

    The last time the Air Force did not reach 100% of its recruitment goal was 1999, according to the Air Force Recruiting Service. That was when Millenials — who were born between 1981 and 1996 — first began to reach the age of service. In 1979, the Air Force also missed its goals when Generation X began to become of age to serve, according to a 2002 research paper from Air University.

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    The current shortfall is the result of lingering effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, strong employment numbers, and cultural headwinds making it more difficult to convince Generation Z to join the ranks.

    Leslie Brown, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Recruiting Service, told Military.com in an emailed statement that, while the service is on track to be behind by 10% this fiscal year, recruiting…

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