Monday, April 1, 2013
Military says "sorry" to most applicants
Arthur Sloan, a columnist for the Arizona Republic, said out here 85% of those who visit the recruiters are turned down.
Why? Law violations, health problems, low test scores, earlobe stretchers, and to some extent, being fat.
It breaks down this way: 41.6% are declined for medical reasons, criminal history or having too many dependents.
20.2% are ineligible due to lack of education or low Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery scores.
14.8% exceed body fat standards.
That leaves 7.7% qualified to enlist.
True, fewer are needed now, but this is a pretty small pool. Some tattoos can even keep you out of the Army--along with those earlobe stretchers, presumably.