Uncle Sam might not want YOU anymore

Stacey Spivey
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:36pm

Does Uncle Sam really want you? According to the Washington Times, no, he doesn't. The United States Military is turning away 80% of its applicants. "Face it, what you're asking young men and women to do is to put their life on the line," said Jim Snow, a veteran and member of the Military Officers Associations of America, has to say about the military turning away applicants that walk into local recruiting offices. He said he understands why because, "they're asking for very strict standards because of the fact of what they have to do."

Local army recruiter, Jesse Hougnon, said they enlist around 20 future soldiers per month in the East Texas area. However, every applicant must meet every standard. He said, "there are several regulations, both army and department of defense regulations that we use that cover the mental, medical, and moral requirements that we require in order to have applicants enlist into the United States Army." In regards to the article posted, Hougnon said, "theres no set way to look at the percentage of people to walk in and say that's how many we're taking because it really boils down to who's qualified to join."

Snow agrees standards should be set high, and said, "you have to have highly-qualified people, theres no doubt about that." However he thinks they have a potential problem with strict qualifications threatening the future growth of the U.S. Military. "I believe that we will continue that way until we run onto an obstacle of the lack of potential members and stuff to do it," said Snow.

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