The changes, unveiled by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth in a press briefing, include a radical shift from recruiting as a temporary assignment for soldiers to recruiting as a new military occupational specialty, or MOS. The career track is expected to be rolled out as a pilot program in the coming months.
The service has been struggling to bring in recruits, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. It just reported coming up 10,000 soldiers short of its goal of bringing in 65,000 new troops over the past fiscal year, which ended on Sunday. Last year, it missed a goal of 60,000 soldiers by 15,000.
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“It was evident we were going to have to make more transformative changes. … The job market has changed significantly over the past 20 years, but we as the Army haven't changed very much,” Wormuth told reporters gathered for the briefing.
The service is planning a small pilot program creating an MOS listed as 42T dedicated Army recruiters, who will be called talent acquisition specialists.
The service already has the 79R recruiter MOS. Still, that assignment is usually a secondary role for non-commissioned officers…