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Strong Economy Poses Recruitment Challenge for the U.S. Army

In an interview, the Army secretary also discusses budget cuts and new cyberthreats.

The healthy state of the U.S. economy is posing a challenge for the U.S. Army, which is struggling to lure young people away from the hot job market and into military service.

For the first time since the height of the Iraq War 13 years ago, the U.S. Army failed to reach it recruitment goals for the year, falling thousands of troops short of the target. The issue is especially troubling at a time when President Donald Trump is promising to expand the military.

Compounding the problem is the fact that the pool of eligible young people is dwindling. Only one in four 17-to-24-year-olds across the

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