One of the reasons the U.S. has been the world’s superpower since World War II is the size, strength and advanced capabilities of our military. Since 1776, U.S. citizen soldiers have gone in harm’s way to protect America from enemies, foreign and domestic. Young men and women from all walks of life have historically joined our armed forces out of a sense of duty, honor, responsibility and love of country. That’s all changing — but not for the better.
The number of young men and women qualified for military service is rapidly declining due to factors like obesity, drug use and criminal records. Too many young people in the enlistment pool are not fit to serve. Still worse, those qualified to serve are increasingly unwilling to do so.