ARLINGTON, Va. — Officials at the Pentagon have expressed concerns that plunging morale among American service members may be affecting service member morale, sources revealed today.
"We at the Department of Defense are deeply worried that the growing apathy of America's war fighters may have a negative impact on America's ability to fight wars," said Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Ed Marquand.
"Though we are at present unsure of the exact root of the growing malaise, our researchers suspect that it may have something to do with almost two decades of perpetual conflict, a gradual decline in America's international prestige, or endemic inefficiency across the military industrial complex."
While the Pentagon's recognition of this growing problem strikes many Americans as a step in the right direction, it remains unclear what actions the Pentagon will take to rectify the issue.
"We are currently exploring a number of possible solutions to increase the job satisfaction of our soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen," Marquand said. "Currently, we suspect that if we find a way to make living more bearable for our military personnel, they may actually begin to enjoy being alive. Experiments conducted on laboratory animals and members of the Coast Guard support this theory."
However, despite the Pentagon's announcement, there are some across the military who disagree with any attempt to improve the the happiness of military members.
"Morale is a crutch," an anonymous colonel stated in a recent suicide letter.
Nevertheless, many service members remain skeptical that conditions will improve anytime soon.
"I'll believe it when I see it," said Lance Cpl. Marcus Strudelmeier of 7th Marine Regiment. "If Maj. Whatshisnuts thinks a little press conference will keep me from doing cough syrup jello shots in a desperate attempt to shuffle off this mortal coil, stand the fuck by."
As of press time, Pentagon researchers were attempting to link overwhelming depression among E-5s and below with poor barracks Wi-Fi.