Report: America's Youth Won't Be Ready For Military Service
ST. LOUIS —
Could America's military defense ultimately be in long-term danger of losing its top resource? One group found that problems ranging from poor education and obesity, to crime and drug abuse make 71 percent of young Americans, 17 to 24 years old ineligible for military service.
A startling new report from the Council For A Strong America says that the majority of American youth would not be qualified to serve in the U.S. military. The report notes that about 70% of Missouri youth would not be eligible for military duty if they were called to serve or volunteer.
Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Cassie Strom talked to The Allman Report about the problem, which she and the council say can be fixed early on in our schools. Strom is one of more than 700 retired generals and admirals who serve on the council. She spent the morning talking to pre-schoolers at the SouthSide Early Childhood Center in St. Louis.