Some 72 percent of Americans 17 to 24 years old are unfit for military service due to academic, fitness and behavior deficiencies.
Most of todayâ€™s youth are not eligible for military service because they are too fat, too weak, not smart enough and prone to drug-use and criminal behavior, according to a panel of senior military officers.
About 30 percent are ineligible because they haven’t finished high school.
I’ve been working as a temp editorial writer for the last week at the San Jose Mercury News, my old employer. (Every time I do this, they lay people off. By July, the editorial staff will be at 200, about half what it was when I left in 2001.) I walked into the editor’s office and saw a picture of his 18-year-old son, who’s serving as a cavalry scout somewhere near Baghdad. Every time I read the war news I wonder if Steve’s son is OK. We rely on young men like this.
On Quick and the Ed, Chad Alderman suggests recruiting and training teachers the way the Army recruits and trains soldiers.