Three of the armed services (the Army, Navy, and Air Force) are projected to fall well short of their enlistment goals this year, and none will retain the numbers required to support their missions. The experienced sailors and soldiers who know how to motivate, train, and lead are trading their seabags and rifles for civilian life. Ships go to sea dangerously undermanned. Units deploy into battle without enough personnel. Aircraft do not fly because of air-traffic-controller shortages.
Nobody Asked Me, But ... Sell It - Don't Give It Away
By Senior Chief Radioman David G. Deane, U.S. Navy