And add “heavily medicated” to that list. American Military News reported on a Pentagon study that surmised that the current state of America’s youth is not conducive to military service.
A Pentagon study revealed that 77 percent of young Americans do not qualify for military service without a waiver due to being overweight, drug use, or mental or physical problems.
“When considering youth disqualified for one reason alone, the most prevalent disqualification rates are overweight (11 percent), drug and alcohol abuse (8 percent), and medical/physical health (7 percent),” the Pentagon’s 2020 Qualified Military Available Study of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 read.
Dept of Defense Chart on Qualified Military Available (QMA) Study (Credit: Department of Defense)
Military.com interviewed a Department of Defense spokesperson who further elucidated on this growing problem:
Maj. Charlie Dietz, a Department of Defense spokesman, confirmed that the study shared with Military.com was accurate and said all the services are being challenged by the current recruiting environment.
“There are many factors that we are navigating through, such as the fact that youth are more disconnected and disinterested compared to previous generations,” Dietz said. “The declining veteran population and shrinking military footprint has contributed to a market that is unfamiliar with military service resulting in an overreliance of military stereotypes.”
It also doesn’t help that our military leaders are choosing to focus on correct pronouns rather than actual strength, fighting abilities, and skills that win conflicts rather than avoid them. Russia and China are actually preparing their people and their fighting forces for war. The U.S.? Not so much, as my colleague Mike Miller wrote:
The Twins of Woke, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley have worked tirelessly to transform the greatest fighting force on the planet from “a few good men” to even fewer self-identified genders with self-assigned pronouns.
If it wasn’t the U.S. military we were talking about, the failed social experiment would be somewhat humorous — instead of a potentially clear and present danger to the security of the United States. As it stands, I’d have a hard time suggesting enlistment to a loved one or friend.
My colleague streiff also weighed in on the lack of readiness and why WOKE is killing off any potential of a strong fighting force:
Readiness labors under the same obeisance to wokeness. While a young man or woman with braces can’t enlist because the military can’t guarantee access to orthodontic care, a mentally disturbed person with body-altering surgery and hopped up on a variety of drugs is allowed access to weapons and welcomed as a member of the team. Men and women who refused to accept the politically driven and medically ineffective COVID vaccine were forced out of the service. Even when courts forced the reversal of this policy, they were not readmitted.
Those who would be most eligible, the generational offspring of those serving or who have served, are being discouraged from enlisting thanks to this focus on social activism and gender ideology. As for other factors that affect the readiness of young people, we have spent the past 10 years (probably longer) indoctrinating our children to hate America, hate themselves, and hate each other. There’s a Proverb that says without a vision people cast off restraint. Our youth are given no purpose, they lack a vision of what life can and should be, so there is no reason or focus for them to strive for anything.
Obesity, drugs, and mental disorder are clear signs of a lack of focus and purpose. Youth who are physically challenged and prepared are often focused, and that focus and discipline help maintain emotional stability. They are less likely to turn to drugs, alcohol, or mind-altering substances because they have a vision for their future and goals in mind. So, the fact that we have 77 percent of youth who have none speaks volumes about how deeply public education and its agenda have destroyed our kids.
The alarm bells are being sounded, and we may not have the time or the resources to reverse course.
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