Army Morale Hitting New Lows


More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as “I rarely count on good things happening to me.” Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.

All kidding aside, because this is a serious issue involving some of the finest men and women this country has to offer — but it’s going to take a lot more than six years and a few hundred million dollars to undo eight years of President Obama.

It’s going to take leadership.