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Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military
The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 27, 2014 | Miriam Jordan

Posted on 07/03/2014 5:46:51 AM PDT by KeyLargo

U.S. News

Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

More Than Two-Thirds of American Youth Wouldn't Qualify for Service, Pentagon Says By Miriam Jordan

June 27, 2014

More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones.

The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: military; obesity; recruits; rejected
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Brittany Crippen, from Fort Worth, Texas, was disqualified because of a tattoo on the back of her neck. Mei-Chun Jau for The Wall Street Journal


1 posted on 07/03/2014 5:46:51 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Dumbass tattoo anyways. All it tells me is she wanted to have something for the multitude to look at during...certain moments.


2 posted on 07/03/2014 5:49:07 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: KeyLargo

Welcome to Obama’s new military. Boy we are headed straight down the path that Rome took before she fell except we have taken it one step farther. We have a leader who is a planted foreign agent and wrecking ball that is intentionally wreaking havoc on our nation from within.


3 posted on 07/03/2014 5:52:30 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Caipirabob

church ?


4 posted on 07/03/2014 5:54:23 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: KeyLargo
Brittany Crippen ... was disqualified because of a tattoo on the back of her neck.
Why doesn't she just have it removed?
5 posted on 07/03/2014 5:55:23 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

“Ms. Crippen, meanwhile, said she was still considering whether to remove her fish tattoo, the only one of four tattoos she has that is problematic. “My parents said they’ll pay for it, but right now I really don’t know what I’ll do,” she said. “My tattoo isn’t offensive.”


6 posted on 07/03/2014 6:00:11 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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Now let me guess, the next thing that we are going to hear is that they want to use more illegal aliens instead, and “our” military will consistent of mostly foreigners, with no loyalty or sympathy with the American people.


7 posted on 07/03/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: jsanders2001

” Most young Americans are ineligible to join the military, either because they’re drug users, obese, medically unfit, failed to graduate high school, or have criminal records. The Pentagon estimates that only 25 percent are qualified.

“There are 30-some million 17- to 24-year-olds out there, but by the time you get all the way down to those that are qualified, you’re down to less than a million young Americans,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Brilakis, the commander of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, told Federal News Radio.”

http://rt.com/usa/158992-military-80-percent-rejection-rate/


8 posted on 07/03/2014 6:07:05 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Caipirabob

9 posted on 07/03/2014 6:10:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
About 6 years ago our nephew was recruiting for the Marines, his big problems were marijuana and mothers.

:)Apparently things have gotten worse.

10 posted on 07/03/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: defconw

11 posted on 07/03/2014 6:21:06 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Yep! Not really comfortable with the new “Battle Buddy”, thing either. At least not the terminology.


12 posted on 07/03/2014 6:24:38 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: KeyLargo
she said. “My tattoo isn’t offensive.”

Uh, it is if one is offended by stoopid. Which I am.

13 posted on 07/03/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: KeyLargo

The kids may have holes in their ear lobes, but our admirals and generals have holes in their heads.


14 posted on 07/03/2014 6:31:11 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Gunpowder green

You got it.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 6:36:24 AM PDT by kabar
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To: KeyLargo
Apologetic recruiters encouraged her to return after removing the tattoo, a process she was told would take about year. "I was very upset," Ms. Crippen said.

Well, that settles it. We can't Ms. Crippen's feelings hurt. What kind of Army do we have if we can't protect our soldier's feelings?

How would you like to be in combat with Ms. Crippen when her hurt feelings impair her ability to do her job?

Nevermind the fact that the Army bans tattoos because they endanger soldiers by making them easy to identify.

16 posted on 07/03/2014 6:38:01 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: KeyLargo

“prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder”

If the schools and social workers had their way, that would be every boy in the country.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 6:39:35 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Caipirabob

“Dumbass tattoo anyways. All it tells me is she wanted to have something for the multitude to look at during...certain moments.”

The military is chock full of that type of female. Not all of them, but a lot.

The policy on tattoos, piercings, and so on may also be about more than just appearance. I’ve seen a lot of youngsters these days with all that, and social media addiction that seem to be just screaming for attention, or have other issues. The military doesn’t need people like that.


18 posted on 07/03/2014 6:39:58 AM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: KeyLargo

If I recall correctly when the draft started in 1940 something like two-thirds were excempted for a variety of reasons as well. But war is a great equalizer and by 1945 things that would have disqualified someone in 1940 weren’t even looked at. I imagine if a draft were necessary now then these tattoos and criminal records and body piercings would be ignored.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 6:40:29 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: jsanders2001
Welcome to Obama’s new military. Boy we are headed straight down the path that Rome took before she fell except we have taken it one step farther. We have a leader who is a planted foreign agent and wrecking ball that is intentionally wreaking havoc on our nation from within.

OK so you're saying that by not taking people with tattoos and arrest records and drug use Obama's ruining the military?

20 posted on 07/03/2014 6:41:48 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: ChildOfThe60s

she said. “My tattoo isn’t offensive.”

“Uh, it is if one is offended by stoopid. Which I am.”
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Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger, you definitely have company.
As for the young lady, if you want to have a tattoo that is your choice but don’t imagine that you get to decide to whom it is offensive.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 6:48:37 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: KeyLargo

Thank God we don’t have the draft and be forced to take these mental defectives.


22 posted on 07/03/2014 6:48:38 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: defconw

My son is at Fort Benning right now. He can barely bring himself to use the term “battle buddy,” at least not without laughing.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: KeyLargo; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

This looks like the non-college bound Millennials who would make up the pool for military recruits.

This is why Grahamnesty, McCain and Rubio want amnesty so bad, because so many Millennials are losers disqualified from the military.


24 posted on 07/03/2014 6:55:27 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: KeyLargo

Tats are dumb, but they shouldn’t be a disqualifying factor. How many soldiers get them after enlistment?


25 posted on 07/03/2014 7:03:34 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: hcmama
Good to know. Our grand nephew is in the Marines, I hope he feels the same way. He was raised by the Marine so I think he's OK. But really what a dumb term! I understand the reasoning, but they really could come up with something that sounds a bit more intimidating, I should think.
26 posted on 07/03/2014 7:04:36 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: KeyLargo; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj
More info:”U.S. Army First Sgt. James Sawyer, who heads recruiting across a swath of Los Angeles County, said tattoos have become the most common cosmetic reason that applicants are disqualified. The Army already banned tattoos on the face, neck and fingers, but according to regulations in effect May 1, soldiers also can't have more than a total of four visible tattoos below the elbows and knees, and tattoos must be relatively small. The goal of the tattoo rules is to maintain a professional-looking Army, Sgt. Sawyer said. He added that “the average person in California has a tattoo.”

Tattoos still look freakish to me. I missed that culture wave.

Those who get them can always work at Walmarts.

27 posted on 07/03/2014 7:07:12 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: RipSawyer
if you want to have a tattoo that is your choice but don’t imagine that you get to decide to whom it is offensive.

You have summed up the state of our culture in general.

Via a young relative, I perused a facebook page of tattoo oriented people. It was a non stop whine-fest about how unfair and biased employers were in expecting their employees to meet their appearance standards. Appearance standards which are essentially dictated by the customers/clients of the employer. IOW, those that keep the employer in business.

So, I'm expected to put a pierced and tattooed girl in the front office of my business that services a clientele who find said girl's appearance offense and likely take their business elsewhere. That makes *me* biased and intolerant. But the tattooed covered girl with the ring in her nose, who expects me to lose money on her behalf, is the epitome of tolerance. Nuts.

28 posted on 07/03/2014 7:16:29 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: KeyLargo

There is also the little problem of no one wanting to serve under an administration that despises the military.


29 posted on 07/03/2014 7:25:32 AM PDT by formosa
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Yes nuts, there have always been some but we now seem to have a real bumper crop of nuts of all kinds. I knew a man about thirty years ago who ran a small print shop and I used to service his equipment. He also sold advertising specialty items and he had a woman selling for him on commission. She was paid 25% of gross revenue on all her sales. He let her go finally and said that the reason was that she came to him and said that she thought she should get 50% of the gross. He replied to her that he PAID 50% for the items, if she got the other half there would be nothing left for him. He asked her where she thought he would get the money for rent, utilities etc. I still can’t believe the idiocy but he swore that her reply was, “That’s your problem, use your own money for that.” Some people should not be allowed on the street unescorted.


30 posted on 07/03/2014 7:30:03 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: KeyLargo
Brittany Crippen, from Fort Worth, Texas, was disqualified because of a tattoo on the back of her neck.

Tattoos are allowed if they cannot be seen while wearing dress uniforms. That has always been the policy.

31 posted on 07/03/2014 7:34:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: hcmama

The term “Battle Buddy” has been around since the early 1990’s, and started during the drill sergeant scandals. Female recruits could not go anywhere alone, and had to have their “Battle Buddy” with them.

20 years later, I still think they would have been hard pressed to come up with a dorkier term.

But then, the army has been on a campaign to make people brave through language:
- Everyone is now called a “Warrior”
- The work “soldier” must be now capitalized
- Army Reserve drill weekends are called “Battle Assemblies”

..and the list goes on


32 posted on 07/03/2014 7:36:09 AM PDT by AbnSarge
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To: AbnSarge

“work” = word - sorry


33 posted on 07/03/2014 7:37:00 AM PDT by AbnSarge
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To: KeyLargo
...right now I really don’t know what I’ll do,” she said. “My tattoo isn’t offensive.”
Thanks and there it is in a nutshell - military says no go but she she says it's not offensive. It's all about her.
I'll bet a year's pay she doesn't make it through basic training.
34 posted on 07/03/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: KeyLargo

Is this the case for why illegals have to be accepted into the military?


35 posted on 07/03/2014 7:50:40 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: KeyLargo

The bottom line is that the vast majority of these potential recruits “just need some work”, before they enlist.

The easiest solution to this is to set up pre-enlistment camps where they get individual diets, lots of exercise, tattoo remove if possible, and classroom to make sure they are literate, and while they are at it, to give them a big dose of military history and culture.

There would be three tracks to this program. A one month camp for those who are marginal, to get them up to standards. A three month camp for those who need a lot of work. And a six month camp for those with critical specialties, but who are otherwise in sorry shape.

Optimally, the camps would not be run by active duty personnel, except a few TRADOC (United States Army Training and Doctrine Command) evaluators, but by veterans. It would have some support staff for medical evaluation, maintenance and logistics.


36 posted on 07/03/2014 8:46:03 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Hell, we had Fat Boys Squadrons when I joined in 1969. Also, Skinny Guys Diet regimens (I was in one until they figured out I was stronger and more agile than anybody else in my BT class.) I still hate macaroni, spaghetti and potatoes. I think they’d do better to have pre-enlistment motivation platoons.


37 posted on 07/03/2014 9:11:19 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: KeyLargo

I regard tattoos as a pretty good visual indicator of mental health.


38 posted on 07/03/2014 9:34:11 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: RipSawyer

I have been a specialty distributor for over 20 years, family business with my FIL and BIL.

There obviously are companies that hire employees in my business, but the turnover is horrible because the profit structure is such that it’s just not worth the cost and trouble to have employees when you are a small distributor, even as contract ones. You end up working more and making less.

Often, they hire these 21-25 cute girls to go out and sell and it is a cutthroat business to get started in, all commission, usually no draw even at the beginning. They go door to door to retail businesses selling 250 key tags and 500 30¢ pen orders. It’s brutal. Usually last a couple of months. I have clients that like to tell me about the parade of cute little (empty headed) hotties constantly coming through trying to sell them. And it takes years to really get to know the business.


39 posted on 07/03/2014 11:26:57 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: sickoflibs; Impy; NFHale; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; KC_Lion

TATTOOS ARE A MAJOR COMPONENT OF FILTHY WHORE “CULTURE”!!!


40 posted on 07/03/2014 12:26:25 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I'm with Steve McQueen: I live my life for myself and answer to nobody.)
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To: sickoflibs; Impy; NFHale; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; KC_Lion

HERPES,
HPV,
TATTOOS,
HIV

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41 posted on 07/03/2014 12:29:11 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I'm with Steve McQueen: I live my life for myself and answer to nobody.)
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To: KeyLargo
Ineligible to serve in the military for the reasons cited, ineligible to vote!
42 posted on 07/03/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Caipirabob

I’ve often wondered what kind of doofus pays to have a tattoo put where they can’t see it.


43 posted on 07/04/2014 4:25:22 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: AbnSarge
But then, the army has been on a campaign to make people brave through language:

And Sir Robin bravely ran away...

44 posted on 07/04/2014 8:07:47 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Caipirabob

First of all it’s ignorant of you to be like that, second of all there is NO way that that could be offensive to anyone in any way shape or form. It’s not anything to do with religion or any of that it’s a memorial for my grandfather who passed away and I was extremely close to him so before you go spouting off, maybe you should bite your tongue and think again, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.


45 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:21 PM PDT by Bcrippen
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Please elaborate on how it’s offensive?
I’d love to know since I find it hard to believe that a fish would offend someone.


46 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:21 PM PDT by Bcrippen
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To: Senator_Blutarski

The article didn’t clarify on what I was upset about, I wanted to serve this country and I was told no over a simple thing, most military members are covered in tattoos, which is normal. So why would this be a issue?


47 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:21 PM PDT by Bcrippen
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To: Antihero101607

That is a very ignorant thing to say. I was contacted by the wsj after going to go get my tattoo removed. Remember there is always 2 sides to a story.


48 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:23 PM PDT by Bcrippen
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To: RipSawyer

Then please tell me how it offends you, there is no way that a simple outline could offend someone one and if it does then there are obviously issues there.


49 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:23 PM PDT by Bcrippen
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To: oh8eleven

It’s 800 dollars to remove, I’m a college student and I have bills. You do the math.


50 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:23 PM PDT by Bcrippen
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