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71 percent of young Americans are ineligible for military service: Pentagon

May 16, 2019 - 12:01 pm
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- There's concern at the Pentagon about the current state of American youngsters.

It turns out, 71 percent of young Americans are ineligible for military service.

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The reasons? Most 17 to 24-year-olds wouldn't qualify because they're too obese, don't have a high school diploma, or have a criminal record.

Recruiters say it could pose a national security risk.

Rear Admiral Thomas Wilson recently raised the issue at a gathering of business and community leaders in Pennsylvania, calling it a 'war for the qualified.'

They also say it's an issue for businesses because the vast majority of that group aren't qualified for any jobs.

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