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.