Empires can wither and collapse gradually for a long time. The last step generally happens when nobody is willing to fight for imperial expansion.
We were about to reach that point after Vietnam, and the emperors forestalled it briefly by avoiding new wars for 15 years. Since 1990 we’ve been fighting more and more useless pointless losing wars, with no gain except profit for Raytheon and Lockheed. Now it appears that the natural forces of supply and demand are reaching critical mass again.
The Army has gotten rid of its requirement saying potential recruits must have a high school diploma or GED certificate in order to enlist.
All statistical indicators suggest an historically low percentage of young Americans eligible and interested to serve. More young men and women than ever have been disqualified for obesity, drug use or criminal records, shrinking the eligibility pool.
Young men are ineligible because the REST of the imperial system has already collapsed. We offshored the jobs a man can do. We made young men useless and statusless and mateless. They responded accordingly.
A MAN NEEDS TO MAKE THINGS. IF HE’S NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE THINGS, HE WILL BREAK THINGS.
Interest in joining is also down to an historic low. An internal Defense Department survey obtained by NBC News found only 9% of young Americans eligible to serve in the military had any inclination to do so.
Why should they want to fight for the country that has ruined them?
9% of 23% = only 2% of the military-age population is both eligible and willing.