There is no doubt that military forces have changed over the last few decades. A lot of that change has to do with technology. Modern day military operations often involve drone strikes and other pilotless airplane strikes. As a result, ground forces are not needed as much as they used to be. There is speculation that robots or androids may even be fighting battles on the ground instead of humans. If you have ever seen the beginning of the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” then you might have an idea of what this will look like. This may not happen soon, but in 10 years these androids may start getting developed for the military.
In the meantime, the officers and soldiers of the military are becoming much more diverse. In the old days, there were predominately white men and black men in the armed forces. Now you see Asian and Hispanic people there too. But the biggest change comes with the abundance of women in the armed forces. There are more women joining the military than ever before. And for the first time, they are being put on the front lines in ground battles. So, 10 years from now, we may see more female soldiers on the battlefield than male soldiers. There is even talk going around about having females sign up for the Selective Service when they turn 18-years-old. Right now, males already must do that but females do not. But this could soon change.
The only thing holding the military back is the federal budget. The United States has a national debt of about $20 billion right now. They currently spend roughly $500-$600 billion per year on the military alone. Unless the United States can lower the national debt and start generating revenue again, they are going to have to make cuts to the military budget. This could mean having less technology or cutting benefits for troops and veterans. It will get to the point where the U.S. military will only be used if other nations start attacking them. As for all other foreign problems, the U.S. will have to train soldiers in other countries to fight whoever they’re at war with. This is what is going on right now in Iraq with the war against ISIS. U.S. troops are training Iraqi soldiers to fight ISIS on the ground so that American troops don’t have to. This may very well be the standard fighting model of the U.S. military in the next 10 years.