Seventy-One Percent of Youth Ineligible for the Military, Pentagon Says
Jun 19, 2019
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2019 – According to data from the Pentagon, 71 percent of young people are ineligible for military service thanks to several complex social and physical issues, including obesity, criminal records or not graduating high school.
This leaves the approximately 30 percent of young people who are qualified to be recruited by the military, colleges and potential employers. While this is good for them, it poses a potential threat to national security if the numbers continue to decline.
“This is an issue that cannot be accepted at face value,” says James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans and a veteran himself. “We have a greater percentage of youth qualified for military service.”
Other factors that may affect eligibility are taking prescription medication for conditions like ADHD or tattoos and other permanent body modifications, like ear gauges. These requirements may be loosened. For example, during the war in Iraq the military changed the acceptable amount of body fat.
A solution for this issue is not simple. Many of the things which keep America’s young people from being qualified for service, and in the job market too, are deeply rooted problems within society.
According to the Department of Defense, only one percent of youth are both eligible and willing to be recruited. Every year around 180,000 men and women enlist for active-duty military service.
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