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What portion of young adults in the U.S. are unqualified for military service because of poor physical fitness, weak educational skills, illegal drug usage, medical conditions, or criminal records?

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Various federal agencies have reported that two-thirds to three-quarters of all 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. are unqualified for military service because of poor physical fitness, weak educational skills, illegal drug usage, medical conditions, or criminal records. Based on data from the Pentagon, a 2009 study conducted by the U.S. Secretary of Education and a team of retired military officers found that 75% of young adults are unqualified for military service. A 2013 Department of Defense study found that this figure is 71%. In 2014, the commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command reported that the figure is 77.5%

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