Marcus Aurelius: Army – Navy Retention Issues

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Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

Month-old Rowan Scarborough article at bottom and transmittal messages above it are worth reading.  While I don’t have Army numbers, I’d bet we have or will soon have same kinds of retention problems as the Navy.

What I am seeing are:

* A stated policy of “precision retention” whereby, in getting to end strength it thinks it can afford, Army does not intend to entice people to leave voluntarily.  Rather, it intends to try to cull out those it no longer wants, essentially anyone whose record is off-perfect in the slightest respect.

* A “back to basics” push that could be intended to set people up for getting blots on their copybooks.

* Radically fewer resources for training, constrained by dollars focused on buying gadgets.

* A great deal of political correctness, just like Navy

* Massive requirements for annual online training on intractible problems, just like Navy.

We have seen parts of this before and it didn’t work out well.

Sailors leaving Navy over stress on social issues, Top Gun instructor says

A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs.

Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, until recently a Pentagon speech writer for the chief of naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.