For obvious reasons, when the Pentagon releases disturbing data from research about the fitness and readiness of our youth for military service, that is their focus. We don’t begrudge them that, that’s their job. They are concerned about having personnel in the armed services who can and will do what they want.
But, we have another perspective here. For one thing, we believe there are serious issues with our entire military-industrial complex. We are drowning in American militarism. Beyond the strictly military application, however, there looms a much larger upshot. Specific reasons are cited for the dreary situation. It turns out these can have significant consequences far beyond any military or national security concerns.
Periodic surveys and studies by the U.S. Department of Defense have revealed the dismal level of eligibility for service. In recent years, 71-75 percent of Americans between 17 and 24 years old are NOT eligible.
75 percent of young people ages 17 to 24 are currently unable to enlist in the United States military. Three of the most common barriers for potential recruits are failure to graduate high school, a criminal record, and physical fitness issues, including obesity.
Uneducated, Unhealthy Criminals
Here is a brief breakdown:
“Inadequate education: Approximately one out of four young Americans lacks a high school diploma…
“Not only are too many young people failing to graduate, many of those who do graduate still lack the academic skills necessary to take their place alongside others in the workforce or in the military.”
“Criminality: One in 10 young adults cannot join because they have at least one prior conviction for a felony or serious misdemeanor.”
One does wonder how that percentage would drop if we would make some dramatic changes to our ridiculous war on drugs.
“Physically unfit: 27 percent of young Americans are too overweight to join the military…The percentage of Americans who are not just overweight but actually obese has risen rapidly. The rate of obesity among American adults has more than doubled over the past four decades, with one in three adults being obese.”Approximately one out of four young Americans lacks a high school diploma...One in 10 young adults cannot join because they have at least one prior conviction...27 percent of young Americans are too overweight to join the military. Click To Tweet
More Than Just Military Concerns
And, we haven’t even broached the subject of recent trends in mental and emotional upheavals swirling throughout the social cosmos. It shouldn’t take much to put together the picture of what the future holds for this country with the current state of affairs.
Think about it this way: if our coming generations are unqualified for military service, what else are they unqualified for? Sure, there are some unique factors involved when it comes to military duty. But, there is a much broader range of details common to society as a whole.
We are talking about a basic ability to function, whatever one’s vocational pursuits or personal interests. This is cognitive ability, social skills, the ability to navigate daily life itself. Being not just able, but desirous, of productive, peaceful coexistence with one’s neighbors. The numbers don’t look good.
We encourage you to read the following for what it means past any strictly military relevance. Consider the ramifications for the country at large.