Most Americans Cannot Join the Military

Nathan S
by Nathan S

According to Business Insider, most Americans, who would typically be in the serving age, are not likely eligible for military service. The Army estimates that less than 27% would qualify according to standard enlistment criteria.

The U.S. Army’s major enlistment requirements include:

  • Ages between 17 and 34 years old
  • Must be U.S. citizen or legal foreign national
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 33 score on Armed Forces Qualification Test
  • No tattoos on fingers, neck or face
  • No ear gauges
  • No ADHD medication win the past 12 months
  • No felony convictions
  • No persistent illegal drug use
  • No insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Meet height & weight requirements

The major reason? Young people are overweight and others are subject to mental-related restrictions.

As quoted from Business Insider:

The biggest single reason for failing to meet the requirements is obesity. Maj, Gen. Allen Batschelet, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, says obesity is becoming a national security issue.

“The obesity issue is the most troubling because the trend is going in the wrong direction,” he said. “We think by 2020 it could be as high as 50%, which mean only 2 in 10 would qualify to join the Army.” He paused. “It’s a sad testament to who we are as a society right now.”

Yikes! Time to hit the gym.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • MichaelZWilliamson MichaelZWilliamson on Oct 20, 2015

    And most Americans will continue to sneer down at veterans from their level of failure as human beings.

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    • STFUTWIT STFUTWIT on Oct 24, 2015

      @Tothe So that's what you think it's about.....LMMFAO!!!!! And STILL you continue to whine about things you know nothing about.....good gawd!!!

  • MichaelZWilliamson MichaelZWilliamson on Oct 20, 2015

    Also, how did a former Marine let them use a USMC uniform in a picture above Army standards?