What Am i doing wrong?
Nothing. There are many, many squads out there in your position, including those with successful War histories, and level 50 squad perks. The Player stats show that whilst the number of players is decreasing, the number of squads is still increasing. The underlying reality is that there are many many more squads than the game needs right now, and that is damaging the game, in my view.
A newbie player that might like the game enough to continue has a high chance of landing in a dying squad where inactivity is the norm. That player will not get the exposure s/he needs to get to the next stage, and so quits, and the negative cycle continues.
There is still a steady stream of new players for this game, but no squad consistently receives them all of the time. The game seems to rotate who gets the newbies. Keen newbies though are hard to find.
Movement in and out of the squad helps to get you back to having a steady flow of newbies.
But, bear in mind, most newbies arrive at HQ2, when they are encouraged to join a squad by the PvE tutorial missions. Most do not have any interest in going further, or interacting with the squad further. You need to boot them regularly. If they don't respond in the chat, on arrival, boot them. If they don't do anything for a set period of time, boot them. As for how long you give them, when I led a squad, it would be 7 days, over time, I've realised you can actually weed them out a lot faster than that. 2 days of inactivity (without notice) is probably enough.
To build a squad up in this way is a very time intensive effort, and not much fun.
There are alternatives to fighting this fight, and ways to get more out of the game. There are really two options. One is merging with another squad. It sounds like your squad is struggling badly at the moment (and many are). The realistic option (and I appreciate this may not be what you want to hear) would be to take your guys to another squad. You may lose your leadership status, but the squad you join may make you an officer, and at the very least you see another way of doing things. You will also get to participate in Wars, share tactics and strategies with like minded people and have a great time (this is what happens in ALL successful squads).
The other option is to move along yourself. Admiral Piett has given you a list of squads in both factions that would be likely to take you on. You can fight alone, but you'll have more fun and be more successful fighting in a team.