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SUNDAY, JUL 21, 2019  |  8 comments
Military eyes 16-year-olds as ranks and candidates dwindle
The best way to fix the U.S. armed forces’ recruiting challenges may involve dipping further into the nation’s high schools.

As the Army, Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to 16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already have adopted the policy.

Critics say the idea is deeply flawed and presents a host of societal problems, but supporters argue that the Pentagon needs to think outside the box if it wants to continually overcome one of the toughest recruiting environments in decades. ...

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John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
16 year old individuals are to be in school until they graduate from high school.

News Item7/22/19 2:47 PM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Excellent point, Neil, about the threat being internal rather than external. Years ago, the military protected our freedoms and way of life. Today, the battlefield is the courtroom and entities like ADF, ACLJ, HSLDA, and others are fighting for our freedoms.

News Item7/22/19 11:33 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Wayfarer pilgrim wrote:
Is it not cost efficient to bring back a national draft ?
One should first ask whether the situation is dire enough to require such a draconian expedient. It was controversial during the Civil War, on both sides, even though the stakes were very high then.

Our greatest threat today is internal, not external. I'll reconsider my view when Mexico or Canada start mobilizing on the border.


News Item7/21/19 1:47 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
Education in the UK is rubbish.

The government just wants to brain wash the next generation on moral corruption.

Ultimately education depends on whether you were born with a good memory. --- Or not as the case may be.

Peasants are born with a lousy memory therefore they don't get an education which competes in the market place.

So they may as well join the military.

Thus they are excluded from running the country .......?

And God made us who we are.

As Jesus said, The poor will always be with us.


News Item7/21/19 10:09 AM
Wayfarer pilgrim | Lubbock, Tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer pilgrim
Is it not cost efficient to bring back a national draft ? The professional soldier is getting older. Recently a Green Beret Sargent was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was in his 40’s. Instead of lowering standards to include, draft to hone.

News Item7/21/19 7:15 AM
Scott (Internet)  Protected NameFind all comments by Scott (Internet)
Summer news filler. The only substance to the article is: "Neither the military nor lawmakers have given any indication that they are entertaining the idea"

News Item7/21/19 12:39 AM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
Recruiting issue!?!?

I certainly don't see any problems with the army lacking soldiers. If anything all we will do send these ignorant, socially underdeveloped, 16 year olds to police the world...

I would say that our army has more than enough soldiers to protect our borders, which is the only thing that the government has the jurisdiction to do anyway...


News Item7/21/19 12:11 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
The critics are correct but there are a number of challenges for both sides of this debate. Those against should consider that 16 year olds are below the age of consent in many states, yet would be having relationships with adults that could lead to grooming for sex. There are many other ills within the military I would not want children, or adults, subjected to. And then there is the whole child soldier issue. However, the rise in marijuana use, medicated ADHD diagnoses, and other disqualifying things makes getting kids younger a prospect that might get some early enough before they would be disqualified.

We would be better off turning this role back exclusively to men. It's not a role for women or children.

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