Illinois National Guard could be affected by recruitment crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
The United States Military is having trouble finding enough recruits.
The military relies on manpower but according to the Pentagon, approximately 71 percent of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve. That age group is the military's main recruitment source.
Illinois National Guard recruitment commander said Illinois is seeing the same problem.
"Recruiting is an issue throughout the state. Roughly 7 in 10 high school student 17 to 24-years-old and even older than that are not qualified to be a member of the military," Lieutenant Colonel Darren Horton said.
Some reasons for ineligibility come from not having a high school diploma. Also in order to join the military, recruits can’t have a criminal record.
Health and physical fitness abilities are another of the reasons people are ineligible.
During the recruitment process, recruits are asked if they have any health conditions like depression. If a recruit does have a condition, it could lead to ineligibility.
Some recruits are also having problems meeting physical requirements like the national guard requires running two miles in less than twenty minutes.