Alarming report shows that a majority of young adults in the United States are not qualified to serve in the military. “Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state” – Thomas Jefferson
Seventy-five percent of young adults nationwide are unable to join the military because they haven't graduated, have criminal records or are obese, according to a report released Friday by Mission: Readiness, a national security organization of more than 300 retired generals, admirals and other senior military leaders who support investments to help youngsters succeed in school and later in life. The report details how one in five high school graduates in Pennsylvania does not score high enough on military entrance exams to qualify for service.
Many of our young adults cannot meet the military's standards in math, reading and problem solving," said O'Neill, a member of Mission: Readiness. "The reality of our modern-day military is that young people in uniform must operate cutting-edge technology and possess critical thinking skills. So, just as in the civilian workforce, the military increasingly needs better-educated young men and women to run its weapons systems."