Never mind selective colleges, the US military may not accept you either

by Grace

Do you think enrolling in the military after high school might be a viable option instead of college?  Think again.

More than two-thirds of America’s youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones.

Obesity is the biggest reason, but rejection can take many other forms.


This is worrisome, but not completely surprising:

About a quarter of high-school graduates also can’t pass the Armed Forces Qualification Test, which measures math and reading skills, Gen. Youngman said. “They aren’t educationally qualified to join the military in any capacity, not just the high-tech jobs,” he said.

Tattoos have become so common that I would not be surprised to see that rule change soon.


Miriam Jordan, “Recruits’ Ineligibility Tests the Military”, Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2014.


2 Comments to “Never mind selective colleges, the US military may not accept you either”

  1. Wow,no ADHD meds. And I bet that they disallow candidates who have been on antidepressants too. That cuts out a large swath of potential candidates.

    What on earth is an ear gauge?


  2. Yes about the meds. I’m sure you’ve seen many ear gauges; those big holes in ear lobes that for me are hard to look at. I guess they could be hazardous in some training exercises.


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