Opinion: Congress Must Support Programs to Prepare Young People For Military Service

Now that Congress has funded the government for the remainder of the fiscal year and prevented another government shutdown, we must turn our attention to future budget needs and re-evaluate spending caps that threaten our national security.

As a former lieutenant general in the U.S. Army with more than 35 years of service, I know that the strength of our military, and our nation, is dependent on the strength of our people. In particular I am deeply concerned that 71 percent of young people ages 17 to 24 nationwide, cannot qualify for military service because they are too poorly educated, medically or physically unfit, or have a disqualifying record of crime or drug abuse.

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