Military Recruiting: Background Facts
Here's what Army Chief of Staff General Peter J. Schoomaker had to say about military recruiting recently:
Schoomaker said that one challenge the Army faces in recruiting new soldiers is that in the important 17 to 24 age group which provides two-thirds of all Army recruits, only three in 10 people are qualified to serve in uniform. Out of that age group, the Army chief said, 2 percent are in prison, 20 percent have disqualifying physical or moral attributes, and more than 40 percent are high school dropouts or fail the mental tests. Of those who are eligible, more than half are in college.
So, thirty percent of the cohort meet the basic requirements. That leaves 70% to join the 101st Fighting Keyboarders with a clear conscience. I think I know the Protest Warriors' excuse. Of the thirty percent meeting basic requirements, more than half are in college. OK, College Republicans and Young Republicans, what's your solution?