To successfully fight a war then the troops must have a high morale rating…..The US has been fighting a war since 2001…..after 17 years just how is the morale of our troops?
Since 2009, $287 million has been spent on programs aimed at improving morale within the US military, which has shouldered two major overseas combat deployments over the past decade.
But these efforts may have been largely fruitless, as 52% of soldiers across all branches remain “pessimistic about their future in the military,” according to an April USA Today report.
For decades, analysts have consistently reported on supposedly declining US military morale, even before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A Brookings Institution report notes: “Observers regularly fretted over low morale during the defense drawdown of the 1990s, during the start of the Iraq War, during the Iraq Surge, during the Afghanistan Surge; and at practically all the points in between … After each report of troop morale hitting ‘rock bottom,’ troop morale seems to slip lower yet and, still, the military soldiers on.”
Plus a new study shows that the morale of our troops is continuing to erode……
It is time for the country to take stock of all these wars…..wars that we are fighting for no other reason than to keep defense industries in business.
Some have suggested that low morale lead to drug use during the Vietnam War as a contributor to our failure. Let’s not repeat the past.