By Andy Wolf
The US Army is desperate for recruits— and it is willing to create a whole new position to help fill the ranks.
Last Friday, the Army announced a new “talent acquisition technician” warrant officer career field to open up, in hopes of finding people within the Army’s ranks to recruit a largely uninterested population.
Three selection boards will be held in early 2024 that will result in 225 Soldiers being selected to build the new recruiting military occupational specialty.
Designated as 420T talent acquisition technicians, the warrant position will specialize in “[recruiting] strategy, team development, talent retention, workforce planning, marketing, labor market analysis, recruiting lifecycle management, and data analytics.”
“This occupation will serve at multiple echelons as a leader, advisor, trainer, and technical expert throughout the Army’s Recruiting Enterprise,” related Army Recruiting Command documents read.
The new move will effectively put an end to recruiting duty for E-6s, who often find their lives and careers upended by the involuntary assignments.
After presenting proof of their minimum GT score being 110 or higher, the aspiring 420Ts will go through specialized training to better recruit civilians into the military.
Eligible recruiters between the rank of staff sergeant and master sergeant will be able to jump on the new MOS, provided they have 60 semester hours of college and have previously led a recruiting station.
Non-recruiters wanting to get in on the action must meet the same education and rank requirements, as well as having attended the Advanced Leader Course.
Post-selection training will take place at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Recruiting numbers were dismal in 2023, with all branches collectively falling around 41,000 recruits short, creating what is effectively the smallest military force since 1940.
According to WAVY, in addition to a smaller population of eligible recruits due to things like obesity and mental illness, Generation Z has a rather dim view of government institutions, which adds to the hesitance to join the military.
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