How dumbed-down education is creating a national security crisis

How dumbed-down education is creating a national security crisis

[Ed. – Teach your children well.]

Of the 34 million Americans ages 17 to 24, less than one third are fit to serve in the military.

In a report from the Heritage Foundation, “The Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable To Serve In the Military,” researchers Thomas Spoehr and Bridget Handy provide startling reasons why so many of our young people who wish to volunteer for the services can’t make the cut. Drawing in part from data put together by “Mission: Readiness,” an organization of retired generals and admirals formed in 2009 to address problems with recruitment, Spoehr and Handy explain why so many of these would-be volunteers are ineligible to join our country’s armed forces.

First up are health problems, particularly obesity. Twenty-seven percent of young Americans are too overweight to enter the military. …

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About 10 percent of possible recruits have criminal records that prohibit them from joining the armed forces. …

But perhaps the most concerning reason for lack of armed services participation is inadequate education. This area accounts for about 30 percent of possible recruits failing the Armed Forces Qualification Tests.

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