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....
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.
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.
"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.
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."
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".
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.