Army numbers: Less than 27% qualify now

The Army estimates that less than 27% of American would qualify for enlistment according to standard enlistment criteria:

  • Ages between 17 and 34 years old
  • Must be U.S. citizen or legal foreign national
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 33 score on Armed Forces Qualification Test
  • No tattoos on fingers, neck or face
  • No ear gauges
  • No ADHD medication win the past 12 months
  • No felony convictions
  • No persistent illegal drug use
  • No insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Meet height & weight requirements

The major reason? Young people are overweight and others are subject to mental-related restrictions. (I am disqualified due only to age, and meet the weight requirements for any age.) We also have a report from a doctor that 1/3 of Americans under age 19 are either overweight or obese. (Probably because their toys require electricity instead of sweat.)

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