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28 Dec 2023

U.S. Military Shrinks, Recruitment at 80-Year Low

Active-duty troops in the U.S. [will fall to 1,284,500 in 2024](, the lowest since 1941. Despite a $886 billion defense bill, all military branches except Space Force failed to meet recruiting goals. The Pentagon emphasizes the urgent need to attract Gen Z through a 'national call to service'.