Many of these service members were discharged in a campaign undertaken by the Pentagon, under the assurance that these dismissals would not impact military readiness. However, the effects were more significant than anticipated, with thousands of soldiers dismissed and potential recruits deterred from enlistment.
This has led to a significant shortfall in recruitment, with the military missing its goals by 25 percent and confidence in the US government at an all time low. Reprimands were given to thousands of service members, damaging their career prospects and causing significant distress to those affected. Now, the military is extending an invitation to these dismissed service members to rectify their military records and return to service.