A story in Wednesday’s Army Times reports that 75 percent of 17-24 year olds are ineligible to serve because they can’t meet basic standards. Most are overweight, don’t meet educational requirements, or have had run-ins with the law.
Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili said the problem is an unprecedented one that has serious implications for national security:
“‘We’ve never had this problem of young people being obese like we have today. We should be concerned about how this will impact this overstretched Army and its ability to recruit.'”