Too Dumb for the Army; Smart Enough to Vote
OK, dumb isn’t the right word. They’re just uneducated — even though they’ve graduated from high school.
Twenty-three percent of all high school graduates who try to enlist are NOT qualified. They don’t meet the minimum requirements for science, math and reading skills.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said:
“Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces. I am deeply troubled by the national security burden created by America's underperforming education system.”
Retired Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett said:
“If you can't get the people that you need, there's a potential for a decline in your readiness.”
But on the bright side — most of these unqualified people vote Republican. Republican politicians knew exactly what they were doing when they started gutting the education system thirty years ago. Now they’re reaping the fruits of their labors. Rightwing demagogues have millions of loyal unquestioning followers, all of whom are ready to snap to attention and go “Ugh!!!” when they hear the right buzzword.
But conservatives probably didn’t anticipate what a double edged sword this would be. Sure, they have millions of reliable drones who vote as they’re told, and faithfully show up for those orchestrated teabagger “demonstrations” at the proper time and place.
But these drones can’t serve in the military. Uh oh. How can we keep invading other countries if the Pentagon can’t find enough soldiers?