James Stewart, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said the Department of Defense is working to grow its military force with new methods. DoD is using social media to advertise recruitment and applying artificial intelligence to build analysis-based engagement plans, according to an article published Friday on the department's website.
"The services are on track to achieve their recruiting missions this year, but they continue to face an ever-changing recruiting environment with a robust economy, low unemployment and significant competition from the civilian sector," Stewart said at a hearing with the House Armed Services Committee's military personnel subcommittee. He added that the military is making efforts to support the families of servicemen for boosted retention.
"So we're making every effort to support our military families in ways that recognize and relieve the challenges that come with the military way of life," he stated.
DoD's family care efforts include spouse employment support, child care and scholarships.