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Relaxing Standards for Military Recruitment

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 8:38 AM

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There's growing evidence that the military is finding it increasingly difficult to meet its recruitment goals and has had to relax some of its standards. Not long ago, 90 percent of Army recruits had a high school diploma at least. But today, only about 70 percent have graduated high school. The army is also granting more so-called moral waivers than it used to -- allowing more people with felony convictions to enlist. Lawrence Korb is a Senior fellow at the Center for American progress, a progressive think tank. He served as assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan Administration. He recently came to Cleveland to speak with students at Case Western Reserve University. ideastream's Eric Wellman asked him whether the military was designed to handle conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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