Some startling statistics from a recent study show a vast number of young people are unqualified to serve in the military.
According to the study by the nonprofit group Mission Readiness — about 90 percent of America’s youth are “disinterested in military service, and 75 percent of potential recruits are unqualified for service due to medical, moral or educational factors.”
Marine Corps officials at the Parris Island depot say, while there are many young people who have a desire to serve, they are certainly facing some recruiting challenges.
Major Charlie Nash says, “There’s probably not been a more important time in our nation’s history to properly prepare for our national defense.”
It’s a challenge to find the right people for this job, he says. They are looking for the “tough, smart and elite.”
At Parris Island, recruits go through a major transformation over the 13 weeks of basic training. Their day begins at 4am and they get right to it — with little sleep, little food and a very grueling schedule.
They’re trained in hand-to-hand combat and spend hours in the classroom.
Brand new Marines, like Charlotte native Parker McGinnis, say they came here to be part of something bigger than themselves. Pfc. McGinnis says he wanted to do something with his life that he could be proud of.
The recruits are also taught to conquer their fears and build discipline. Drill Instructors ‘get out their bad habits’ and the training even extends into chow time — where the Marines are taught to ‘move with purpose.’
Military leaders say they make around 10,000 contacts to deliver 50 new Marines. They surpassed last year’s goal of over 34,500– WSOC reported.
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