‘Close to three-quarters of American youth are ineligible to serve in the Army and patriotism among the country’s recruitable population has been sliding since 2002. [..]
According to Wallace, only 27 percent of youth between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible for recruiting.
The remaining 73 percent, he said, “are morally, intellectually or physically” unfit for service. “It’s the lowest it’s been in more than 10 years.”
College, he said, is now the preferred post-high school activity and youths surveyed said they perceived the Army as “ordinary.” [..]
Referring to the Army’s four-month-old “Army strong” recruiting ad campaign, Wallace said the study showed that 80 percent of youths don’t watch commercials [..]’