Monday, June 21, 2010

Philadelphia: A City That Can't Serve?

"...A nonprofit group says that up to 90 percent of young Philadelphians are ineligible for military service because of criminal records, obesity or lack of education.

Pennsylvania-based Mission: Readiness released its report Monday. It says 1 million Pennsylvanians are ineligible for the same reasons.

Mission: Readiness is made up of more than 150 retired generals and admirals. The group wants state and federal funding for pre-kindergarten programs that it says give children a solid foundation for academic and personal success.

The report says 145,000 Philadelphians ages 18 to 24 cannot meet the military's medical, moral and mental standards..." (source)

The worse part is that the City of Brotherly Love isn't alone in its sad state of mental and physical disintegration...The DoD has estimated that 75% of today's youth couldn't serve in any branch of the Armed Services.

What does this say about America? Is this the fault of technology...of the parenting skills of the baby boomers...of an exceedingly permissive society?

(H/T: Captain America)

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