Interesting that today’s military may now be the most educated force in the world. In fact, more than 90% of the military recruits have high school degrees compared to only 70% of their peers. Recruits earning a high school degree is important since they have 20% higher probability to complete military training. Not only that, but two thirds of military recruits make up the top half of students in math and verbal score testing. All to say, the military was once the final choice for young adults who could not find a job. But now, that has all changed. The military offers too many benefits in a struggling economy and high unemployment to be ignored even by the brightest.
Perhaps this explains why military recruits come largely from the middle class while fewer come from families with lower earnings. Reports also indicate that recruits tend to come from suburban and rural areas as opposed to urban.
The Largest Disqualifier Today For Military Recruiting
Today’s largest disqualifier for America’s military recruit into the military is medical and the inability to meet physical standards. Medical disqualifiers include asthma, orthopedic injuries, etc. However, the leading cause for not being a military recruit is obesity. Almost half of all recruits today are not qualified for these reasons alone.
Another reason that keeps military recruits for joining the ranks are legal setbacks. Courts across America are faced with young adults’ increasingly large numbers of DUIs, underage drinking and drug arrests. Often times, military recruits have to request a waiver to ensure such problems are no longer an issue.
As the military continues to down size, expect to see enlist bonuses and incentives to decrease. Such recruiting incentives are very strategic in building a military force and was highly effective in recent years. Unfortunately, America’s investment in our military was not long lasting as we are now dismantling this same military force.