The U.S. Army has managed to exceed its recruitment targets this year despite the pandemic, concerns about politicization, and the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. While the pandemic has forced recruiters from the nation’s largest military branch to adapt, other issues haven’t significantly affected their work—at least not yet, The Epoch Times has learned from interviews with current, former, and prospective Army officers. The pandemic severely disrupted recruitment, especially in areas with more stringent restrictions. “We had to come off of a lot of our face-to-face engagements, we had to come off of our outreach programs and different things that we did and had to very heavily go into a virtual effort,” said Brig. Gen. John Cushing, deputy commanding general at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. It was a daunting task since the Army has always relied heavily on in-person engagement to attract talent. “Recruiting is most effective when you’re face-to-face and you …


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