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Pentagon: 7 Out 10 Youths Not Fit for Service

Pentagon: 7 Out 10 Youths Not Fit for Service
Posted June 30th, 2014 @ 2:00pm by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(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.

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