A military watchdog says the U.S. Army is wasting time searching for new recruits in liberal cities.
The Army failed to meet its annual recruiting goal by 6,500 for fiscal year 2018 and it is now eyeing cities such as San Francisco and Seattle for more soldiers, The New York Times reported in a Jan. 2 story.
Military recruiters are working in those cities and others already, the Times story explained, but the Army is pushing even harder in far-left areas where recruiters are ignored or find their recruiting plans thwarted in a favorite target, public schools.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says recruiting is a hard job and the recruiters deserve respect for their efforts.
"But their leaders are letting them down," Donnelly insists. "To send them to regions of the country, urban areas --- very liberal blue state areas --- where there is a certain lack of support for the military."
That makes the effort a "waste of time and resources," she says.
The military watchdog suspects, in fact, that the U.S. Army is responding to liberal critics who have accused it of only drawing recruits from conservative regions of the country, in particular the South.
It makes common sense, she adds, to concentrate more resources in areas with the best potential to find the next soldier ready for basic training.