Non-citizen recruits last longer

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The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Army tries to identify suitable dropouts

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in […]

Smoking new yardstick for recruit success

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]