By Matthew O. Stephens
Cheney Free Press 

Army trying to rebound after COVID-19


Last updated 5/5/2022 at 10:37am

Matthew O. Stephens, Cheney Free Press

Major General Dennis LeMaster stopped to visit with and give advice to Eastern Washington University students involved with the ROTC program on April 25.

In recent years, recruitment numbers have been trending downward, according to Major General Dennis LeMaster, who spoke at Cadet Hall on the Eastern Washington University campus on April 25.

LeMaster is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence and 19th Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He explained that only 4% of Americans are enlisted to serve, and that number has been trending down recently, with COVID exacerbating the issue and creating further problems for recruiters.

"The latest data that the Army is tracking shows that 75 percent of America's youth doesn't have a lot of knowledge about our military," LeMaster said. "Most people aren't able to serve, whether it's because of health issues or legal issues, but only .04 percent of Americans do and that's a very low number.

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