Army Drops Requirement for High School Diploma Amid Recruiting Crisis – by Steve Beynon

The Army is tossing its mandate for potential recruits to have a high school diploma or GED certificate to enlist in the service, in one of the most dramatic moves yet in the escalating recruiting crisis hitting the entire Defense Department. 

On Thursday, the service announced that individuals may enlist without those previously required education certifications if they ship to basic training this fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1.

Recruits must also be at least 18 years old and otherwise qualify for a job in the active-duty Army. They also must score at least a 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, an SAT-style quiz to measure a potential recruit’s academic ability.

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5 thoughts on “Army Drops Requirement for High School Diploma Amid Recruiting Crisis

  1. Scraping the bottom of the barrel still but with a little sharper spoon now.

    Not that having your official “I completed state indoctrination” is an indicator of any intelligence or measure of success.

    1. Like cleaning the resin out of your DIY brass pipe as a yoot while alphabet soupers making more sneaking in coke.

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