On 23 August 2022, the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter conducted its quarterly AG Breakfast.
SES Max Wyche, U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, was our Guest Speaker. In his speech Mr. Wyche talked about the biggest challenge facing the Army today is Active-Duty recruiting. He emphasized that the Army is committed to maintaining high enlistment standards and is prioritizing quality over quantity. Specifically he stated:
“The Army, along with the other services, is facing unprecedented recruiting conditions due to a combination of factors including the current robust labor market, intense competition for talent within the private sector, and an ongoing decline in the segment of America’s youth that is qualified and interested in serving in the military.
The COVID-19 pandemic further limited the ability of recruiters to interact with recruiting prospects in person. It also exacerbated academic and physical fitness challenges, limiting the pool of qualified applicants. Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lower ASVAB scores (9% decrease) and applicant fitness shortfalls.
The Army is taking active measures to overcome these challenges without compromising our standards for high-quality Soldiers, including temporarily increasing the tours of duty for experienced, successful recruiters; revising the tattoo policy to mirror the other military service branches; and adding funding for targeted enlistment bonuses and increased marketing in key areas. The Army will continue to develop innovative ideas to build high-quality recruits as an investment in America’s youth.”
COL Tim Zimmerman, AMC G1, gave an update on IPPS-A, including the challenges that the system is currently facing. We understand how desperate the Army needs this system and we look forward to when all the kinks are worked out so that we can have a fully functioning personnel and pay system.
CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, Chapter President, congratulated the members for their dedication and support to the Chapter, ultimately resulting in our being named the Best Small Chapter 6 years in a row. He explained how important the AG Corps is and how our dedication and commitment to People should always be a priority.