“A group of retired military leaders is warning the Pentagon that most of America’s youth is too out of shape to defend the nation,” according to The Washington Times.
“The organization, known as “Mission Readiness” wants the Pentagon to help set up an interagency committee to address what it considers the nation’s military recruiting crisis.
“They recently sent a letter to acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, urging him to work with heads of other relevant federal departments and agencies to take a “holistic approach” to address issues ultimately impacting the ability of the military to recruit personnel.
“According to the Department of Defense, 71 percent of young Americans are unable to serve in uniform, largely due to obesity, drug abuse, a poor education, or a criminal record. [emphasis added]
“‘These factors largely fall outside of the Department of Defense’s purview but have an immense impact on the ability of the military to recruit new servicemembers as well as a significant monetary impact on the Department,” of Defense, retired Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser and retired Coast Guard Adm. James M. Loy wrote in their letter.”
For more of this story, go to The Washington Times.
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