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Army scraping bottom of barrel for recruits

After coming in 7,000 recruits short for fiscal year 2005, the Army is further relaxing its enlistment requirements.

Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey announced [Monday] that the Army would allow up to 4% of its recruiting class to be Category IV recruits — those who scored between the 16th and 30th percentile in the battery of aptitude tests that the Defense Department gives to all potential military personnel.

The Army until now allowed no more than 2% of its recruiting class to be from the Category IV level, fearing that letting too many low-achieving recruits into the Army might dilute the quality of the nation’s largest military branch. — Los Angeles Times

Now that battery of aptitude tests is called ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Most people who enlist took it in high school, and anyone with half a brain is going to score quite well on it. I made the mistake of taking it, and it took months to get the recruiters to stop calling me.

Check it out, and you quickly realize it’s nothing like the ACT or SAT. It isn’t even nearly at the same level. It’s much easier.

So the Army will now take twice as many people who scored between the 16th and 30th percentile, that is, those who scored higher than 16% to 30% of all people taking the test. That’s the low end of the bell curve on a low-end test.

All you need now is a GED, and the Army will help you get a GED if you sign up for the delayed enlistment program.

Oh, when will the stupidity end?

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