The Armed Forces having trouble finding youth fit enough to serve?
Since they are all soft slops that can't put down the video game controller, eat junk food, and basically are all around garbage.
- 8 months ago
Yes. Most are too out of shape to serve.
- 8 months ago
You are trite with the sarcasm, but in general the military only takes the best and brightest. Since we are all volunteer today and not in a crunch, the problem isn't as pressing right now. The more realistic problem these days is finding those young men and women that qualify for the military and convincing them to come in before they get recruited for other jobs like police, ambulance crew, nursing, firefighting, etc. Those jobs also need the best and brightest.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 78 months ago
True. Only two out of ten meet the standards. Most are unfit but there are also problems with drug use, trouble with the law and just not being smart enough for the job they want.
- joensfcaLv 78 months ago
That's been true for years.
About 75 percent of America's 17- to 24-year-olds were ineligible for military service due to lack of education, obesity, and other physical problems, or criminal history in 2009, according to a report issued by the Mission: Readiness group. Since Congress ended the military draft in 1973, the U.S. armed services depend on a constant flow of new volunteers every year. While that figure has since dropped to 71 percent, the problems with military recruiting remain the same.
Military Eligibility Key Takeaways
At least 71 percent of Americans between 17 and 24 are now ineligible to serve in the military—some 24 million of the 34 million people in that age range.
The strength of the U.S. military depends on a constant flow of qualified volunteers.
National security is directly compromised by manpower shortages in the armed forces.