Former Defense Sec. Mark Esper issued a warning about the U.S. military’s dismal recruitment numbers, writing that only a small fraction of the U.S. is fit to serve anymore since many are either overweight, on drugs or have a criminal past.
‘The U.S. military’s all-volunteer force (AVF) is slowly dying,’ Esper wrote in an op-ed for Fox News. ‘The armed services are struggling to meet their recruiting goals like rarely before.’
Esper, former secretary of the Army, noted that branch will be most affected – falling short by up to 15,000 soldiers this year.
‘The fact is the pool of Americans aged 17-24 who are qualified and interested in serving continues to shrink,’ he said. In 2018, only 29 percent of young people met the military’s entry requirements, the other 71 percent being likely ineligible due mostly to ‘obesity, drug use, physical and mental health problems, and criminal misconduct,’ Esper wrote.
Today, that number is only 23 percent, one-tenth of whom do not meet academic…