Pentagon: 7 Out 10 Youths Not Fit for Service
And that's not counting ones with tattoos
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2014 3:05 AM CDT
Updated Jun 30, 2014 4:33 AM CDT
For 71% of Americans 17 to 24, Uncle Sam would point the way out of the recruitment office.   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – The Pentagon says that if all 34 million Americans aged 17 to 24 tried to join the military, it would reject more than two-thirds of them for being fat, uneducated, felonious, on drugs, or for assorted other reasons—even before it got around to weeding out the ones with neck tattoos. "The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly," complains the commanding general of US Army Recruiting Command, which estimates that 71% of today's young people would fail to qualify for service, not including those turned down because of tattoos, ear gauges, or other cosmetic issues.

Around a quarter of high school graduates don't have the basic math and reading skills needed to pass the Armed Forces Qualification Test, the military says, but the biggest reason for disqualification is obesity. In the past, a "drill sergeant could literally run the weight off a soldier as part of the regular training program," a retired major tells the Wall Street Journal, but now, people who are 50 pounds or more overweight turn up at recruiting offices. Military recruiters, aided by enlistment bonuses, have still been meeting their targets in recent years, even though the general in charge of recruiting estimates that only 1% of American youth are both "eligible and inclined to have a conversation with us."

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LEL
Jul 2, 2014 8:01 AM CDT
Fat, stupid, drugged-up criminals - sound like a society ready for enslavement. All this because of some perceived failure to provide health school lunches? ARE YOU KIDDING ME ! ? !
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 30, 2014 10:14 PM CDT
Unions are against the healthier lunches. The LAUSD union told the city of Los Angeles they would have to renegotiate a whole new union contract if Michelle Obama's menu plans were enforced. The food workers union contract says that cooks cannot chop, prepare, or actively cook items for school lunches. Jamie Oliver showed up and tried to instruct one school cafeteria how to get around that rule. The union threatened to bring legal action against LAUSD for letting Oliver show the cooks how to prepare foods. As a result, LAUSD issued a ban against Oliver. He got around the ban by just attending home economic classes. But LAUSD threatened legal action and had him physically removed from a class by LAPD. The outcry was huge. The cooks contract said they could only open pre-cooked packages for dispensing in steam tables and at no time was any food to be chopped or actively prepared. The unions cried fowl when Kennedy got the LAUSD board to try to bring in experimental programs were fresh vegetables were steamed and meats were freshly cooked on site instead of at a Sysco factory in New Jersey. Michelle Obama and Mr. Oliver lost in the end because they couldn't get around the union rules and LAUSD was not about to negotiate a higher pay to serve an already more expensive menu. So, you think this only happened at LAUSD? No, the Democratic Party controlled food workers unions have negotiated these same contracts all across the nation at many of the schools. It means the only kitchen utensil most cooks can touch are box knives. I saw this at a facility when it was Sysco, Ben E. Keith, and US Food Service as the main suppliers. I negotiated with fast food chain to give us some raw ingredients to help reduce cost of meals. It was raw frozen chicken. I took several cases of the donated chicken to our cooks and they said, "we don't use this in the school cafeterias so we don't know what you want us to do with this." Well, it happens the owner of the restaurant gave me the recipe for the chicken nuggets and it was very simple. Dip the nuggets in milk treated with just a pinch of sugar and then dip in the seasoned flour and fry. They told me, "that's too much trouble, we like the precooked chicken you don't have to do any prep." So you see, this is caused by Democrats because their unions are at the control of how they cook school meals.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 30, 2014 9:40 PM CDT
Its not just the military who is having problems its camps, government agencies, and businesses. My nephew cannot run. That's true as he never had PE in the education he got. I can remember doing nothing but running all the time in the 12 years of school. We ran our @sses off and today's kids are mollycoddled where they don't get physical education. So they graduate already with the college freshmen 15 except its the freshman 50 now.