In this case, “most” is 90 percent.  90 PERCENT!!! Just when you think this town can’t go any lower . . .

A nonprofit group says that up to 90 percent of young Philadelphians are ineligible for military service because of criminal records, obesity or lack of education.

The report says 145,000 Philadelphians ages 18 to 24 cannot meet the military’s medical, moral and mental standards. Nationally, the Department of Defense estimates that 75 percent of young adults are disqualified from military service.

Whoo hoo! We beat the national average! Pardon my French, but this is a God-damned disgrace.  This town is making its last swirl around the toilet bowl and no one cares.  The “thug life” mentality has taken over, and the criminals, the stupid, and the criminally stupid are roaming the streets like a pack of wild dogs.  For God’s sake, you only need a high school education or a GED to enlist, and most of these morons are not qualified?  Are you frakkin’ kidding me?

Maybe we should round them up anyway, and use them for Operation Human Shield.  Just sayin’.  – Wyatt Earp



  1. Mrs. Crankipants says:

    The military is not a government funded babysitting service. They’re there to protect the nation. The people who want to be improved by the military have to come to that decision on their own. Otherwise, they’re going to wash out, and waste everybody’s time.

    • Mike says:

      What? What are YOU talking about?

      • Wyatt Earp says:

        She’s talking about the Philly parents who want their children to enlist so the military can straighten them out. That’s not the reason someone should enlist.

        “Well, my kid’s a frak up, so I’ll ship him off to boot camp.”

        Don’t think it doesn’t happen.

  2. John D says:

    Sounds like young Philadelphians should heed dean Wormer’s advice: Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

  3. Randal Graves says:

    90%…not bad. I would have guessed 96%.

  4. Ingineer66 says:

    I will take this opportunity to update you on my son’s Marine experience. His ship date to Boot Camp was delayed 3 times but he finally went in January and is now at the Aberdeen Proving Ground learning Armored Vehicle Repair. He changed from Crash Fire Rescue after talking to a guy that had done that job for 10 years and had only been to 1 actual crash fire. I told him that is not the only thing they do, but he wanted to find a job where they get to stay busy doing the job they train for. He is doing great and thrives on the structure. He loves getting up at 0430 for PT or whatever they are doing and he was meritoriously promoted while in Boot Camp.

  5. Rick says:

    This is outrageous

  6. Old NFO says:

    Again no surprise… It used to be the judge would say jail or Army, but not anymore. And parents who ‘dump’ kids into the military usually get those kids back a couple of weeks later with a buzz cut 🙂

  7. Bob G. says:

    Disgrace doesn’t begin to cover it (imho).

    Back in the ‘Nam era, Philly didn’t have ANY problem conscripting it’s young men, believe you me.
    Volunteerism is quite another anuimal, though. It’s not WW2 any longer and patriotism is in short supply.

    But I DO like the “human shield” gig…if we can consider them “human” at this point.
    Otherwise someone at either the ACLU or the ASPCA might come a knocking.


    Good post.

  8. Ingineer- God bless you and your family and may He keep your son safe.
    Looking back, although when I was 19 I wouldn’t have admitted it, joining the Army was the best move I ever made.

  9. Mrs. Crankipants says:

    I think we need to see a photo of that!

  10. I remember being dragged out into the schoolyard every day and doing 1/2 hr of cales,.., calesth,…jumping jacks, running in place, etc,… Nowawdays, even in CATHOLIC schools, fuggedaboutit!

    BTW – I was recruited by the Marines but 4-F’d because I’m deaf in one ear (I had a LOT of ear infections as a kid).

  11. Graham says:

    There are some bad numbers, make no mistake, but the methodology of these studies is pretty flawed. They assume that:
    A. everyone is perfectly willing to join the military but cannot
    B. those disqualified for any reason – obesity, criminal records, drug use, education level, et cetera – are only disqualified based on one criterion. In other words, they assume that no one is fat and does drugs, or that someone could be a high school dropout and have a criminal history.

    So if 35% are obese and 20% have a drug problem, they assume that that means 55% are unfit to serve, ignoring any potential overlap (and of course, a lot of these vectors are often related).

    So yeah, we’re in a bad way regardless, but it’s not the apocalyptic scenario Mission: Readiness makes it out to be.

    • Graham- isn’t the point of the article – there is a obscene number of Philadelphians who are not fit for military service for ONE REASON OR ANOTHER?

      • Graham says:

        Well, sort of. It’s a grim number, but 90% is just wrong. It’s in all likelihood closer to 40-50%, and don’t get me wrong – that’s still a lot – but the figure they give is so alarmist. I’m assuming it runs similarly to the national figure of “75%”:

        The Pentagon’s director of accessions, Curtis Gilroy, presented the same numbers to the House Armed Services Committee last March. He said that 35 percent of potential recruits are disqualified for medical reasons, with obesity being a major factor. Another 18 percent have drug or alcohol problems, 5 percent have criminal records, 6 percent have too many children; and 9 percent score in the prohibitive category V on the Armed Forces Aptitude Test.

        It’s true that if you add those numbers, you’ll get something close to 75 percent. But that assumes no two of the above-listed groups are overlapping.


        In the new report, the retired generals focus on just one sector of the pie chart—the 9 million young adults who are too heavy for military service. This number comes from the Census Bureau, and once again seems to discount the possibility that some fat people might be too stupid, morally corrupt, drug-addled or burdened by family to enlist in the armed forces anyway. As such, it’s a distortion of the facts to imply that every one of them might be in uniform, were it not for their excess weight.

  12. C/A says:

    Ok now I get what you are saying. Sounds reasonable.

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