A shocking 7 out of 10 potential Army Reserve candidates are unfit to serve their country due to obesity, prescription drug addictions and other reasons.
As reported in The Washington Times, “According to Army Recruiting Command statistics compiled last year, 71 percent of young people wanting to join the military would fail to pass service tests because of their physical, moral or cognitive shortcomings.”
Captain Eric Connor, a U.S. Army Reserve Command spokesman, said that the majority of applicants fail to meet the recruiting standards due to “mental, moral and physical reasons.” Excessive amounts of tattoos also impact their ability to join, as do weight and prescription drug problems.
Thousands of military recruits sought, but will there be enough physically-fit, drug-free applicants?
The high percentage of potential recruits who don’t meet recruiting standards is likely to become an even more serious problem since the Defense Department plans to add thousands of new members to all branches of the military over the next year. The Washington Times reports:
Military budget documents show that the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps are being asked in fiscal year 2016 to recruit 2,000 to 9,500 more active-duty [members]. The Army Reserve’s goal in fiscal year 2014 was to recruit 33,261 personnel, but military planners have considerably upped that goal in fiscal year 2016. By the end of next year, recruiters must be able to persuade 39,860 men and women to join the reserves.
Meanwhile, recruiters are being forced to operate on smaller budgets, raising questions about whether the Defense Department’s goals can possibly be met.
But the problems don’t end there.