WASHINGTON Pentagon reviews recruitment standards
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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. –
President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on November 1.