WASH­ING­TON Pen­tagon re­views re­cruit­ment stan­dards

The Myanmar Times - - World -

“I want you to think about it be­cause she’s so much bet­ter qual­i­fied than the other guy.”

It was dur­ing the 2008 cam­paign that Mr Obama blocked Ms Clin­ton’s path to the pres­i­dency by win­ning the party pri­mary. – THE US mil­i­tary will re­view re­cruit­ment prac­tices to bet­ter re­flect the chang­ing face of Amer­ica, in­clud­ing by pos­si­bly wel­com­ing sin­gle par­ents, over­weight peo­ple and even those who have smoked pot, the Pen­tagon said.

While there is no short­age of peo­ple will­ing to don a uni­form, Pen­tagon Chief Ash­ton Carter wor­ries the mil­i­tary draws from lim­ited pools of po­ten­tial re­cruits, or that well-qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als face re­jec­tion for rel­a­tively triv­ial rea­sons.

Re­cruiters face chal­lenges “with spec­tac­u­lar po­ten­tial re­cruits, who nev­er­the­less also re­flect the times in re­la­tion to such bench­marks as their cur­rent phys­i­cal fit­ness, tat­toos they got when they were younger, and sin­gle par­ent­hood”, Mr Carter said.

He said stan­dards would never be com­pro­mised, but “at the same time, these bench­marks must be kept rel­e­vant for both to­day’s force and to­mor­row’s”.

Mr Carter or­dered the Pen­tagon to re­view and up­date any “un­nec­es­sar­ily re­stric­tive” stan­dards.

The mil­i­tary said it will re­view en­list­ment stan­dards to en­sure they are not un­duly re­stric­tive and “as­sess the fea­si­bil­ity and im­pact of up­dated stan­dards, such as those re­lated to body com­po­si­tion, phys­i­cal fit­ness, swim tests, past mar­i­juana use, sin­gle par­ents and tat­toos”.

The US mil­i­tary has about 1.3 mil­lion ac­tive-duty mem­bers, with an­other 800,000 re­servists. –

Photo: AFP

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama speaks dur­ing a cam­paign event for Hil­lary Clin­ton at Cap­i­tal Univer­sity in Colum­bus, Ohio, on Novem­ber 1.

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