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November 4, 2009

75 Percent of Young Americans Are Unfit for Military Duty

Posted: 06:15 PM ET

by Andrea Stone via Sphere.comFourteen Americans were killed Monday in two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan. 

WASHINGTON (Nov. 3) - Are America's youth too fat, dumb or dishonest to defend the nation against its enemies?

The latest Army statistics show a stunning 75 percent of military-age youth are ineligible to join the military because they are overweight, can't pass entrance exams, have dropped out of high school or had run-ins with the law.

So many young people between the prime recruiting ages of 17 and 24 cannot meet minimum standards that a group of retired military leaders is calling for more investment in early childhood education to combat the insidious effects of junk food and inadequate education.

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John H   November 4th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

I am well aware that many of our younger citizens are unable to qualify for military service for either health reasons or inability to be able to pass minimum standards in tests. I do question your numbers; however. Who pulled the number 75% out of thin air? Who has tested the accuracy of this claim and how did they come about their conclusions? I can imagine the politicians and news media of the former Roman Empire asking themselves the same questions. Are our citizens too out of shape and poorly educated to defend the Empire? Toward the last few centuries of the Roman Rule, they got their answer when they had to resort to taking on barbarian recruits for their defense as the Roman Citizens themselves were unable or unwilling to defend their way of life. History shows us how that all turned out. I don't see our nation quite in that sorry of a state as yet. Military Service has become a good way for noncitizens to earn their citizenship. They often make some of the best sailors, soldiers, and airmen in our uniform. 75%! I don't believe it.


Jim Davidson   November 4th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

Since Larry King was personally acquainted with Louis E. Wolfson of Jacksonville, FL and Miami Beach, FL he might have an interest in this subject:

Wolfson and his friend Morris A. Schapiro, of Baltimore, MD, were major "Scrap Metal Dealers" for the Pentagon for decades. Then their operations were slowly co-opted and taken over by the CIA to be used as money-laundering machines using The Bank of Maryland. Money flowed through Boston Metals and the Baldt Anchor and Chain Company which ended up in the hands of South Florida anti-Castro Cuban exiles just before the assassination of JFK, then during the Viet Nam war and later during the Iran-Contra money laundering. Robert Maxwell of The Bank of Maryland exposed this as an Iran-Contra whistle blower in the 1980's. Now this same mechanism is
being used for the Blackwater private armies as well.

It is time to tell your Congressperson to start an investigation to close this major loophole. The use of private money funneled through CIA proprietaries to enforce private agendas in the public sector both domestically and internationally has got to be curtailed. Now.

Here is a list of some of the companies and people involved either wittingly or unwittingly:

The Boston Metals Processing Company, Baltimore, MD
Gram Trade International, Col. Ulius Amoss, OSS
Baldt Anchor and Chain, Chester, PA
Harold B. Chait, VP Boston Metals Processing Company and CIA
Morris A. Schapiro, Baltimore, MD and Chester, PA
President of The Baltimore Metals Processing Company
and The Baldt Anchor and Chain Company
Edgar McGuiness, Baltimore, MD and Chester, PA
C. Donald Linnenbank, Jacksonville, FL.
from Universal-Marion Corp. owned by Louis E. Wolfson
Robert Maxwell, Iran-Contra whistle blower
The Bank of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Thanks to all those who helped me fill in some of the missing blanks here regarding these companies and their owners who were fronting for the money laundering ongoing at The Bank of Maryland for decades.

Apparently there is a lot of money in dismantling mothballed military ships then sending the iron and steel to forge them into anchors, anchor chains, ship propellers, tanks and even more brand new ships, planes and tanks, too.

Both Morris A. Schapiro and Louis E. Wolfson were "Pentagon scrap metal dealers" dealing mostly in reconstituting and recycling moth-balled military ships, tanks and planes and then converting them to other weapons of war. When, if ever, did these once patriotic enterprises, turn into a money laundering machine for the CIA?

Did these 2 owners really know what their environmentally
attentive enterprises were really being used for or not? Louis E. Wolfson sent about $25,000 to Jim Garrison to help him in his quest for the truth in the JFK Assassination, so at the very least Wolfson strongly suspected some shenanigans on the part of the CIA.

At least the military really believed in "Going Green" even decades ago. But this back-channel method of affecting world history has got to be moth-balled and very quickly, too.


karen ffischer   November 5th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

The Gentleman JAG guest "Jim" that Larry had on the show tonight is Absolutely Correct in his statements regarding shooter Hasan's possible terrorist purposes. And Dr. Phil's stock just went waaaaay down when he so Stupidly tried to interject 'political correctness' and the same goes for the female JAG POW trying to do the same thing. We have been Stupid too long. And our country is being slowly and surely subverted by being 'politically correct patsys. And Dr. Phil did NOT make any good input on the show tonight.


Jim Davidson   November 6th, 2009 5:11 am ET

When you consider that about 30% – 35% of potential recruits in that 18-24 age bracket are too overweight or too out-of-shape to pass a basic stress test physical and add that to the 30% to 35% who are high school dropouts incapable of passing even a relatively simple intelligence test for the armed forces, that leaves about another 20% to 25% who either have a criminal record serious enough to disqualify them from military service or traces of hard drugs in their bloodstream which would also disqualify them you realize how bad things have gotten. The only way you get as LOW as the 75% number quoted by the DoD is because some potential recruits have the ignominious distinction of being BOTH overweight AND under educated AND they are also strung out on drugs.

What a revolting predicament THAT IS!

Some of my son's friends applied for a job delivering groceries in a medium size truck and about 65% of them were rejected because of either drunk driving or reckless driving offenses, the inability to pass the physical which involves walking quickly up and down 3 flights of stairs carrying 40 pounds of groceries, or the inability to pass the drug screening tests or the criminal offense history tests. The intelligence test only involved following GPS directions to find a particular house and the ability to read the name and address from an invoice slip.

Even places like the Federal Reserve Banks have difficulties finding competent computer programmers who can pass all of these tests
and still prove technical competence and aptitude beyond question.

This country has gone to hell in a hand basket and there is very little
that can undo 30 years of sloth, negligence and a really bad attitude. Nothing at all. That does not even take into account all the cases of Attention Deficit Disorder, autism, hyperactive disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders, the medium to high anxiety cases and those with borderline or over-the-edge paranoia or schizophrenia, let alone the chronic over drinkers or the binge drinkers, the heavy smokers or the drug abusers either.

Any suggestions? I am all ears.


Ted   November 6th, 2009 12:44 pm ET

With my 40 plus years in and around the military I can second above statements.
Both the soldiers and the officers could not touch the standards we once had when I came to the service. They are soft, uneducated, ignorant of basic human laws, written or unwritten.
They may be able to excell on computers, however that will not win the war in Apfganistan, there we need hard men who will not cry for coke and ice cream every day.

Today I heard a report from the DoD of one of our NATO allies, where their soldiers found 10 afghan men executed with shots in the head after they surrendered and were POWs! They heard the shots but arrived only minutes later. The deed was done by the CIA.

Do we hope to win their hearts and with it the war with such brutal acts?


Jim Davidson   November 6th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

The assassination of unarmed detainees is basically a ripple effect of the situation these soldiers find themselves in right now. They probably watched as these POWs either shot at, wounded or killed some of their friends or some of those on the assassination squad. Not fearing any retaliation whatsoever from the DoD who is afraid of losing more volunteer re-enlistments and recruits, they can kill wantonly, ignoring the Geneva Conventions and other human rights agreements at will. In a way, if you knew that your bunkmate's killer was in a group of 10 POWs standing in front of you and you knew that you could get away with it, would you not be tempted to dispense frontier justice right on the spot? I know that I might seriously consider it, too. Does not make it right, but it makes things a little more palatable.

For years the Cuban exiles, the White Russian ex-Czarist exiles, and even the Hungarian and Bulgarian exiles and tried to lure the U.S. Gov into an all-out war against Castro and Cuba and against Khrushchev and Russia and JFK resisted them with all his strength.

Ultimately it led to his demise in Dealey Plaza from persons representing ALL of these exiled groups who called themselves Freedom Fighters who joined together at The World Anti-Communist Leagues. Now we have the World Anti-Muslim and the World Anti-Arab equivalents joining together to guarantee another 100 years war in the Middle East. You can imagine who is really behind all of the Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim sentiments in the Middle East can't you? Not too hard to connect the dots there. And the DoD defense contractors just play right along in order to fatten their corporate and personal coffers at the expense of the DoD coffins filled with the bodies of idealistic kids from across the USA.

I think it is about time to let everyone in the Middle East to stand up fight for themselves or learn to live with and cooperate with their neighbors or to be hoisted on their own petards. Why should American troops constantly have to clean up the messes in the Middle East caused by intolerant and belligerent, hostile neighbors fighting over little more than religious holy lands and oil drilling rights? Beyond me. Do you see any Middle Eastern countries sending troops to either Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran or into Kuwait? If you can, name just one. I am awaiting your response. Let them clean up their own mess.


Harry Brown   August 12th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

being a computer programmer myself makes me very proud of my job`-:


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