7 Of 10 Youths Not Fit For Military Service
Are we really that out of shape? Turns out, yes we are.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that if all 34 million Americans between the age of 17 and 24 tried to join the military, it would reject more than two-thirds of the applicants; and it's not just because of their health.
Then why? Well, a big part of it has to do with obesity but also lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for ADHD. The military also has standards of appearance, eliminating applications with tattoos on their fingers, neck or face; and applicants with ear gauges.
Experts say that seniors graduating from high school in 2014 faced the longest odds to qualify for service since we said goodbye to the draft back in 1973.
The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly.
-Major General Allen Batschelet, Commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
Recruiters, along with the aide by enlistment bonuses, are still meeting their targets, but this is still pretty concerning. The military estimates that only 1% of youths are both "eligible and inclined to have a conversation" about joining.