The Wisconsin National Guard’s recruiting troubles are not unique.
Guard commanders in the state say the Army as a whole is having trouble finding enough new soldiers. In Wisconsin, the Guard hit just 60 percent of its recruitment goal last year. The Guard’s Lt. Colonel Shannon Hellenbrand says there is more competition for young people, and the Guard’s old sales pitch of paying for college isn’t as attractive as it once was.
Nationally, the Army fell 15 thousand soldiers short of its goal.