From bad schools to the Army

To recruit new soldiers in a strong economy, the Army is taking a closer look at high school drop-outs, reports Strategy Page. Research concluded many drop-outs are “bright kids who had simply been stuck in bad schools.”

The screening process included having the candidates take, and pass, the GED (high school equivalency test). Last year, the army took in 5,900 screened drop outs, and they had a six-month attrition rate of 6.2 percent. This meant that, for a variety of reasons, 6.2 percent of these recruits left the army within six months. Compare this to 10.3 percent for unscreened dropouts, and 5.6 percent for high school grads.

About 19 percent of new recruits are high school drop-outs.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I was a drop-out enlistee, annoyed at the refusal to allow me an early graduation 2.5 units shy while others 5 units shy were allowed. I was not because they didn’t like my attitude.

  2. wayne martin says:

    This story is not surprising. With high school drop out rates at 30% (nationally), this is a large pool of young people who have uncertain futures and less-than-adequate skills with which to start their adult lives. The military is a very reasonable place for most of them to start their working lives. The structure, goal-oriented nature of its operations and high risk for failure nature of its missions quickly mature people who have spent most of their young lives sitting in class rooms being spoon-fed “education” of no material value to them and their immediate futures.

    Public education can’t provide all of the inputs that the military can, so kids that exit the system prematurely are more likely to find their footing in the military than continuing on in “community college”, or some workfare government program.

    For some, they might even find a home for life.