Tags: army | tougher | recruitment | standards

Army Gets Picky in Recruitment

By    |   Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:33 AM

The U.S. Army needs fewer troops and getting enlisted has seldom been harder since the force went all-volunteer, The Kansas City Star  reported.

Nowadays, 80 percent of applicants are turned away. The Army's goal for 2014 is to sign up 57,000 recruits and it is well on its way to meeting that quota. That's down by about 23,000 compared to most recent years. This limits the prospects for those ages 17 to 24 in the present tight job market.

In Grandview, Missouri, which borders Kansas City, the local recruiting sergeant needs to sign up about a dozen recruits a month – down from 16 to 20 a few years ago.

Budget cuts and the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have made recruiters far more demanding. Gone are the days when those without a high school diploma or with a felony conviction are ushered into the service. The Army also expects fitter applicants with higher technical, language, and math proficiencies. It will pass on those in deep debt or with showy tattoos that violate the army's new regulations.

Roger Lawrence of Archie, Mo., sought to sign up but was disqualified because of a forearm tattoo that he had done when he was 16. "I was way younger and not thinking about anything," he said. "The recruiter asked me to try covering it with my hand. It was two inches too big."

Army recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hoard said, "It's tough to look a fine candidate in the face and tell them they can't serve their country" due to a wrist tattoo, the Star reported.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that the Army will aim for an active force of 490,000 by the Fall of 2015 which is down from the current 520,000. Depending on circumstances— budget and the continued absence of hostilities— the Army could drop to pre-World War II levels of about 440,000, according to the Star.

Related Stories

Ayotte: Why Was $29M Army Recruiting Fraud Not Spotted Earlier?



Study: More New Military Recruits Are Age 20 or Older




© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
US
The U.S. Army needs fewer troops and getting enlisted has seldom been harder since the force went all-volunteer, The Kansas City Star reported. Nowadays, 80 percent of applicants are turned away. The Army's goal for 2014 is to sign up 57,000 recruits and it is well on its...
army, tougher, recruitment, standards
343
2014-33-14
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:33 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved