71% of Young People Are Ineligible For The Military — And Most Careers, TooMay 20, 2019 | :
by Kim Strong
The numbers are staggering: Seventy-one percent of young people are ineligible to join the military, according to 2017 Pentagon data. The reasons: obesity, no high school diploma or a criminal record.
The problem isn’t just a military one, though: It’s an issue for businesses as well because the vast majority of that age group isn’t eligible for many jobs either, said retired Rear Admiral Thomas Wilson.
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