The year 2023 might feel a little like 1983 for the soldiers and civilians of the Army Enterprise Marketing Office as they work to reboot the service’s classic “be all you can be” slogan to launch in March amid a historic recruiting shortfall that heightens the stakes.
That’s not lost on Maj. Gen. Alex Fink, the Army Reserve officer who leads the Chicago-based office. He told Stars & Stripes (who first reported the reboot) that the Army is “not returning to ‘Be all you can be’ for nostalgia or old times’ sake or because we think retro is trendy and cool. We’re really reinventing it to reposition the Army and to inspire the next generation soldiers.”
Whether the Army wants to channel it or not, the nostalgia will be there. Trade magazine Advertising Age rated the slogan the 18th best of its “top one hundred campaigns of the 20th Century,” according to an Army Historical Foundation article.