US Military


The result of electing buffoons to public office over the past two decades.

Due to the utter failures of politicians in regards to fighting the jihad, the military is considering lowering the bar of standards to enlist more recruits. They did that in the 70’s when I was in the military, and what resulted was more criminals being sent into the military than where they really belong, in jail.

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

By LOLITA C. BALDORABINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cybersecurity jobs.

Speaking to students at his former suburban Philadelphia high school, Carter said the military could ease age requirements and bring in older people who are mid-career, or provide student loan repayments to attract students who have finished college.

There are few details so far, but Carter said the military needs to be more flexible in order to recruit and retain quality people.

The idea, largely in line with the civilian approach to recruitment, upends the military’s more rigid mindset, which puts a high value on certain standards. It reignites a persistent debate about how the services approve waivers for recruits who have committed lesser crimes, behaved badly, are older than current regulations allow or have other physical issues that prevent them from joining the military.

Carter sees recruitment and retention as major challenges to a military coming out of two wars and facing turmoil around the world.

At Fort Drum, New York, Carter told 10th Mountain Division soldiers that he knows they have many choices as they consider future jobs.

“Are we able to compete, are we able to keep up?” he asked the division soldiers, some of whom are preparing to deploy to southern Afghanistan. He also announced for the first time that some of division soldiers will deploy to Iraq later this summer. About 1,250 will go.

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