When Your Candidate Pool Can't Actually Work for You

You might think that the challenge for military recruiters isn’t finding qualified people — it’s convincing them to join the service.

That’s not always the case. 

A group of more than 200 retired generals are expected to issue a report Friday saying that about 75% of young adults couldn’t join the U.S. military even if they wanted to. 

That’s because they either are dropping out of school, are too obese, got into trouble with the law, or just couldn’t pass the entrance exams.

Other reports on the topic have shown similar challenges, like one that “paints a dismal picture” of the ability of would-be soldiers to get into the U.S. Army. Other branches, like the Navy, are even tougher.  


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