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By Timothy J. Williams, Crisis Magazine, Aug. 28, 2022

Timothy J. Williams writes on religion, politics, and literature from his home in rural Ohio. He graduated cum laude from the University of Kansas with a doctorate in French and holds Master’s degrees in French and Music Theory. In 2010, Dr. Williams retired from the Ohio National Guard with the rank of Major.


Though largely unreported by mainstream media, the slow-motion collapse of America’s all-volunteer military is a reality of grave importance to national identity and international security. All branches of service are significantly below their essential recruitment goals and have been for several years. The Army is in the most critical shape. This year, it has recruited only 40 percent of the soldiers needed for minimal force replacement, despite ever-lowering standards and ever-increasing enticements for enlistment.

Many veterans have written informed and reasoned articles about what is happening with the military. In general, they attribute the shortfall to declines in patriotism and willingness to serve a government that is hostile toward the very social groups that have always contributed the most soldiers to the nation’s defense: conservatives, religious and rural families, and especially people from the South.  …

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