I dunno, I've been hearing rumors that the ASFAB(VAB?) grades have been lowered, minor convictions being overlooked and that recruiters are coaching people in avoiding popping posititive in the drug test. That, combined with raising the maximum age to enlist is allowing the Army to maintain their numbers.
If you've served, have you seen any of what you're suggesting? If you haven't seen evidence of it, do you have any idea from where are these rumors coming?
The rumors you hear are absolutely correct, but grossly understated.
What is being covered up and waivered is truly frightening. The recruiters put guidance counselors in positions that are inexcusable. The whole game is to bring a clearly unqualified applicant to the MEPS on Mission Day and hope a guidance counselor doesn't notice. Once the counselors signature is on the contract...guess who gets the blame?