View Full Version : Three-quarters of young Americans unfit for military service

02-22-2018, 05:36 PM
A new report from the Heritage Foundation revealed that nearly three-quarters of young Americans are unfit to to serve in the United States military due to a health issue, a criminal record, or lack of education.

The Trump administration’s plan to rebuild the military could be thwarted by the reduced number of Americans aged 17 to 24 who are eligible to enlist in the armed services, posing an “alarming” threat to national security, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

According to the Pentagon, approximately 24 million of the 34 million Americans between ages 17 and 24, or 71 percent, are ineligible to serve, with more than half unable to do so because of health problems.

“The health of young Americans is getting worse, and it’s not just obesity—though that’s the biggest burden—but also growing asthma, joint problems, stuff like that,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Tom Spoehr, co-author of the Heritage Foundation’s report.

“You don’t have to be this lean, mean, fighting machine to enlist in the military,” Spoehr said. “They’ll take people who are pudgy, but if you’re obese or severely overweight there’s just not enough time in the basic training process to get them where they need to be and there’s also a risk that they’ll injure themselves once you get them running and put all the equipment on them.”

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