RANT WARNING! Chances are that if the below applies to you, serious butt hurt may occur. You have been given fair warning, so if you get butt hurt, fill out and turn in the form.
I wake up, make my coffee, and get ready to peruse the news and opinion columns on this beautifully peaceful (so far – no reported attacks in the US or on US citizens or installations by that wonderful bunch of jihadists threatening to cut all of our heads off) Independence Day morning, and I find this reassuring little gem over at The Market Ticker:
Approximately 71% of the 34 million 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. would not qualify for military service because of reasons related to health, physical appearance and educational background, according to the Pentagon.
The ineligible typically includes those who are obese, those who lack a high school diploma or a GED, convicted felons, those taking prescription drugs for ADHD and those with certain tattoos and ear gauges, the Wall Street Journal reports, though some requirements can be waived.
Did you get that?? Ok, the physical appearance percentage might be made up of some really strong, fit and smart ugly people, and, yeah, ugly is subjective. Ask me how I know. Obese can be fixed. Fitness can be fixed. Stupid? Not so much. According to the linked article, only 79% of those accepted for military service had a high school diploma in 2007! NINE YEARS AGO. I wonder what the number is now. High school graduation requirements today do not guarantee the young man or woman can read, write, think, or calculate at anything more than a basic level, and only 79%. That means there are 21% of the people on active duty that are so uneducated they will take for gospel anything they’re told because how can they know better? They don’t know how to effectively research anything.
On the civilian side, and from the NPT perspective, that means that 7 out of 10 CIVILIAN YOUTHS have a better than excellent chance of being among the immediate dead in any SHTF situation because they aren’t strong enough or smart enough (educated enough to have a baseline of practical knowledge) to take care of themselves. You think the guy in the picture above is going to last more than a day or two, if that? If someone can’t do a push up or a sit up or run a mile in a reasonable time or hold up a weapon long enough to get a site picture, or build/repair a house/shelter, figure out how to make a fire without all the conveniences, how are they going to defend themselves, let alone help a neighborhood or family group make it through a very, very difficult period?
They’re not. They’re going to curl up in a corner, try to find a ‘happy place’ and wither and die.
“If the basic part of our military cannot accept 7 out of 10 young people from 17-24 what role do those very same people have in our economy and the future of our nation? If 70% of our youth are unable to perform a push-up, are emotionally unstable to the point of not being able to interact with others or do a basic job on a reliable basis, commit felonies for fun or have decided to tattoo racist messages all over their lower arms and face how is our nation ever going to economically survive and prosper, say much less defend itself should the need arise?” – Karl Denninger
Makes me all comfy about the immediate future of this country should something really bad happen. You?
Even the people ‘involved’ in preparedness or ‘the militia’ or survival groups have a GREAT BIG FAT HUGE percentage of people who look like this:
And they’re very, very sensitive about being called out (even in private) on getting in better shape and pushing away from the table to the point of becoming apoplectic. How long do you think people with all that extra weight and lack of strength are going to be able to help you in a time of need? It’s one thing to go buy some surplus camouflage uniforms and military pattern rifles; it’s quite another to be able to perform that which is being modeled.
If this applies to you, get past the butt hurt and do more to get out of that 71% who can’t qualify (because they can’t do 20 push ups; they can’t run a mile; they can’t, they can’t, they can’t, they can’t!).
If you’re reasonably fit, but can’t read well, hit the books! Nothing will help you read like reading. Keep a dictionary next to you. When you come to a word you don’t understand, look it up. You’ll be surprised how your reading/comprehension level increases.
Otherwise, if you have these issues and you don’t do anything to fix it, you’re screwed, and along with you, probably your family and friends, kids, grandparents, and everyone else you care about up to and including the nation, should we get hit hard by someone who figures out what kind of shape a great majority of our fighting age youth are in.
Happy Independence Day…..go do a push up and eat less. Otherwise, no matter how ‘badass’ you try to look, like the guy below, if you have to move more than 10 meters, you’re toast.