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FRONT PAGE  |  3/7/2021
FRIDAY, NOV 6, 2009  |  9 comments
75 Percent of Young Americans Are Unfit for Military Duty
Are America's youth too fat, dumb or dishonest to defend the nation against its enemies?

The latest Army statistics show a stunning 75 percent of military-age youth are ineligible to join the military because they are overweight, can't pass entrance exams, have dropped out of high school or had run-ins with the law.

So many young people between the prime recruiting ages of 17 and 24 cannot meet minimum standards that a group of retired military leaders is calling for more investment in early childhood education to combat the insidious effects of junk food and inadequate education. ...


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News Item11/7/09 2:16 PM
Publican | Northern Hemisphere  Find all comments by Publican
Key words: responsible lifestyle, Frank Dombrosky.
Whether battle is waged from a tank, or your living room window, if you are inexcusably incapable, all prerequisites from any quarter, are irrelevant. Simple, but foundational, post.
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News Item11/6/09 9:02 PM
Frank Dombrosky | Texas  Find all comments by Frank Dombrosky
I served in the military back in the '70s. There's a reason most of us were in good shape entering basic training. We didn't spend our childhood watching hour after hour of TV, playing video games, etc. Nor did we stuff our guts with sweet, fatty junk. We stayed outside most of the time and stayed active. The youth of today is just the opposite. Besides that, they completely avoid exercise. The absence of reading good literature only adds to the problem. All of this has something in common - a lack of physical and mental EFFORT. In other words, laziness. Everything must involve pleasure, fun and so on. Parents MUST get their children involved in an active, responsible lifestyle. If not, even greater problems than the military are a certainty in the future.
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News Item11/6/09 5:04 PM
prophet  Find all comments by prophet
"are ineligible to join the military because they are overweight, can't pass entrance exams, have dropped out of high school or had run-ins with the law."

And one day THEY will be in charge of America.

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News Item11/6/09 12:55 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
"a group of retired military leaders is calling for more investment in early childhood education."

Great! Now the top brass is on the bandwagon of Progressive pedagogical foolishness, which in America was inspired in part by old Prussia, the Sparta of modern Europe. Yet conservatives reflexively bleat, "Support our military."

Well I don't anymore. It is an interventionist Progressive tool. I favor a credible defense, but not necessarily everything the military does or says.

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News Item11/6/09 11:00 AM
rhymnrzn2zion | D-TON OH  Contact via emailFind all comments by rhymnrzn2zion
Is this all about the battle against Satan? How many soldiers does that take, again?

Job 41:25
"When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. (26) The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. (27) He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. (28) The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. (29) Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. (30) Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. (31) He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. (32) He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. (33) Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. (34) He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride."

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News Item11/6/09 10:20 AM
GG  Find all comments by GG
Mosby's raiders were a select group of committed people. Most draftees will not be so motivated.
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News Item11/6/09 10:02 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Can you imagine Mosby's Rangers doing that sort of thing, GG?
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News Item11/6/09 9:56 AM
GG  Find all comments by GG
The Military has never valued "Indivualistic Thinking" in it's Infanty troops, and never have they assumed anything more than basic education. As to physical fitness, they wrote the book on taking "chubby" teenagers and turning them into warriors. What is valued is the ability to "follow orders" and "remember your training". It's all very simple...."kill your enemy before he kills you". The rest is superflous. Now, if the Govt and the Leftists would kindly allow the Military to be militaristic in it's own fashion, then we will be spared seeing gay troops in pink uniforms, marching to battle to the tune of the "YMCA".
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News Item11/6/09 8:32 AM
Scott McMahan | Internet  Find all comments by Scott McMahan
For perspective, see Col. Bolger's "Death Ground" p. 28 ff. where he discusses the quality of drafted troops from 1940-73. The people the military wants already volunteer, and beyond that pool there's not much left.
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