A new report by the Education Trust says almost 25 percent of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam.
In response to the report, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the Associated Press, “Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces. I am deeply troubled by the national security burden created by America’s underperforming education system.”
And retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett told the news service, “If you can’t get the people that you need, there’s a potential for a decline in your readiness.”
The report by The Education Trust found that 23 percent of recent high school graduates don’t get the minimum score