NPR ran a disturbing story tonight about the fact that a quarter of applicants fail the military entrance exam (ASVAB) which only require 31correctly answer questions out of 99.
The story was based on EdTrust’s report Shut Out of the Military. EdTrust’s Amy Wilkins suggests the results have big implications for society as a whole. “The workforce of the Army so closely mirrors the civilian workforce,” she says, “that if kids aren’t ready for jobs in the Army, they also aren’t ready for jobs in the civilian workforce.”
Dr. Curtis Gilroy, the Pentagon’s point person for recruitment of the active duty force said, “It’s important to us in the military because we are a selective and discerning employer, and we’re concerned that the pool from which we draw our recruits… is shrinking.”
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