COVID, just American lifestyle, make it hard for the military to find qualified recruits.
Those applying can’t pass basic IQ, health tests.
Army recruiters say that the people enrolling in this new program are on the “margins of meeting quality marks we want in our Army” from a physical and academic perspective. A big part of the Army recruiting problem is that the number of young Americans eligible to enlist have shrunken to around 23 percent. Additionally, many Army officials point out that the problem is also because of rising obesity rates, drops in test scores, drug usage, and other factors stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.