Nearly 1 in 4 Fail U.S. Army Entrance Exam

An Army Of One?Not a good trend. We may end up with an “Army of One.” Reports the AP via Yahoo News:

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.

“Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the AP. “I am deeply troubled by the national security burden created by America’s underperforming education system.”

The effect of the low eligibility rate might not be noticeable now — the Department of Defense says it is meeting its recruitment goals — but that could change as the economy improves, said retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    This test is RACIST:

    “The study shows wide disparities in scores among white and minority students, similar to racial gaps on other standardized tests. Nearly 40 percent of black students and 30 percent of Hispanics don’t pass, compared with 16 percent of whites. The average score for blacks is 38 and for Hispanics is 44, compared to whites’ average score of 55.”

    They should ask culturally appropriate questions, like how many times should whitey apologize for inventing civilization? Answer – infinity, of course. How much money does whitey owe black people for slavery? Let’s see… how much…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    This test is RACIST:

    “The study shows wide disparities in scores among white and minority students, similar to racial gaps on other standardized tests. Nearly 40 percent of black students and 30 percent of Hispanics don’t pass, compared with 16 percent of whites. The average score for blacks is 38 and for Hispanics is 44, compared to whites’ average score of 55.”

    They should ask culturally appropriate questions, like how many times should whitey apologize for inventing civilization? Answer – infinity, of course. How much money does whitey owe black people for slavery? Let’s see… how much…

    • StZed

      hmmm i guess mark doesn’t really understand historical oppression and poverty in a racial context. relax man i can tell you’re straining your brain under the mass of your “hefty” ideological arguement….

  • http://www.hyperinflation-us.com D8sif4o

    When I graduated from high school in 1982, the Army was considered by many to be a good option for those who were not college material. Passing the ASVAB (Army entrance battery test) was considered easy. I passed myself with flying colors in 1983 and went on to 27 years of service as an Army Reservist.

    A high score on the test enabled one to get into more demanding fields such as MI, but simply passing was considered easy even for mediocre high school students. So today’s 1 in 4 failing is very alarming!!

    Today’s youth are certainly not stupid but seem to lack a broad knowledge base and a worldly perspective since they’ve spent their youths largely texting their friends and playing video games. For the evidence, read “The Dumbest Generation”.

  • http://www.hyperinflation-us.com D8sif4o

    When I graduated from high school in 1982, the Army was considered by many to be a good option for those who were not college material. Passing the ASVAB (Army entrance battery test) was considered easy. I passed myself with flying colors in 1983 and went on to 27 years of service as an Army Reservist.

    A high score on the test enabled one to get into more demanding fields such as MI, but simply passing was considered easy even for mediocre high school students. So today’s 1 in 4 failing is very alarming!!

    Today’s youth are certainly not stupid but seem to lack a broad knowledge base and a worldly perspective since they’ve spent their youths largely texting their friends and playing video games. For the evidence, read “The Dumbest Generation”.

    • exarp

      “I passed myself”

      lmao

  • Anonymous

    I fail to see any news in this. Way back in Reagan’s day, anyone with any sense of history could see it coming. His championing of ketchup as a veggie for the school lunch was only one example of low grade sophistry in government (is you don’t know the word, please look it up: s-o-p-h-i-s-t-r-y). The US has always been anti-intellectual and we reap as we sow.
    The problem now is that Bush’s policies have chased all the foreign brain power to the UK, Germany, France and Australia. And although our major university still dominate the top 20, it is simply a matter of time.
    So all you Epsilon grade readers out there–rejoice. You got what you wanted.

  • KewGardensNYC

    I fail to see any news in this. Way back in Reagan’s day, anyone with any sense of history could see it coming. His championing of ketchup as a veggie for the school lunch was only one example of low grade sophistry in government (is you don’t know the word, please look it up: s-o-p-h-i-s-t-r-y). The US has always been anti-intellectual and we reap as we sow.
    The problem now is that Bush’s policies have chased all the foreign brain power to the UK, Germany, France and Australia. And although our major university still dominate the top 20, it is simply a matter of time.
    So all you Epsilon grade readers out there–rejoice. You got what you wanted.

  • Anonymous

    I fail to see any news in this. Way back in Reagan’s day, anyone with any sense of history could see it coming. His championing of ketchup as a veggie for the school lunch was only one example of low grade sophistry in government (is you don’t know the word, please look it up: s-o-p-h-i-s-t-r-y). The US has always been anti-intellectual and we reap as we sow.
    The problem now is that Bush’s policies have chased all the foreign brain power to the UK, Germany, France and Australia. And although our major university still dominate the top 20, it is simply a matter of time.
    So all you Epsilon grade readers out there–rejoice. You got what you wanted. As for me, I’m immigrating to France.

  • KewGardensNYC

    I fail to see any news in this. Way back in Reagan’s day, anyone with any sense of history could see it coming. His championing of ketchup as a veggie for the school lunch was only one example of low grade sophistry in government (is you don’t know the word, please look it up: s-o-p-h-i-s-t-r-y). The US has always been anti-intellectual and we reap as we sow.
    The problem now is that Bush’s policies have chased all the foreign brain power to the UK, Germany, France and Australia. And although our major university still dominate the top 20, it is simply a matter of time.
    So all you Epsilon grade readers out there–rejoice. You got what you wanted. As for me, I’m immigrating to France.

    • Hazy Daisy

      Sorry to be a jerk, but it’s EMIGRATING to France.

  • Hazy Daisy

    Sorry to be a jerk, but it’s EMIGRATING to France.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t blame the educator if the resource poll willing to join the military represents only the most gullible sub 90s IQ, face it if the military want to attract the plus 100s, they have to double pay, focus on honour and integrity and dump kill, kill, kill.
    Of course the military has to switch from failed jock strap trigger happy douches through the ranks and rebuild the military with skilled, educated, honourable and respectful people.
    For a start stop contracting out work, the military should train soldiers in all trades and use them in that capacity for public works, it improves recruitment opportunities.

  • rtb61

    Don’t blame the educator if the resource poll willing to join the military represents only the most gullible sub 90s IQ, face it if the military want to attract the plus 100s, they have to double pay, focus on honour and integrity and dump kill, kill, kill.
    Of course the military has to switch from failed jock strap trigger happy douches through the ranks and rebuild the military with skilled, educated, honourable and respectful people.
    For a start stop contracting out work, the military should train soldiers in all trades and use them in that capacity for public works, it improves recruitment opportunities.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Thank “No Child Left Intact”. They wanted less tax dollars in education and they got what they wanted. Even if we are dealing with a generation that isn’t terribly smart after all the poisons they grew up ingesting daily, the ASVAB should be passable for even low IQ students…except that now we’ve built in a school system that hurries to dump the hard to teach and fudges the numbers to display success. We’d better hope that lots of new careers open up in the gangsta rap/entourage fields…because thats about all a large chuck of the new generation can handle.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Thank “No Child Left Intact”. They wanted less tax dollars in education and they got what they wanted. Even if we are dealing with a generation that isn’t terribly smart after all the poisons they grew up ingesting daily, the ASVAB should be passable for even low IQ students…except that now we’ve built in a school system that hurries to dump the hard to teach and fudges the numbers to display success. We’d better hope that lots of new careers open up in the gangsta rap/entourage fields…because thats about all a large chuck of the new generation can handle.

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  • exarp

    “I passed myself”

    lmao

  • Hadrian999

    it truly frightens me that anyone can fail that test, i am far from a rocket scientist and i maxed out most of that test.
    it was very basic math, reading comprehension, and some auto mechanics and electrical, i don’t think it ever even got into algebra

  • Hadrian999

    it truly frightens that anyone can fail that test, i am far from a rocket scientist and i maxed out most of that test.
    it was very basic math, reading comprehension, and some auto mechanics and electrical, i don’t think it ever even got into algebra

  • StZed

    hmmm i guess mark doesn’t really understand historical oppression and poverty in a racial context. relax man i can tell you’re straining your brain under the mass of your “hefty” ideological arguement….