Test scores drop, disqualification rates rise at Army recruiting shops

Army Lt. Col. Christopher Collins, the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion commander, speaks to U.S. Army recruits during the Kansas City Chiefs training camp, Aug. 18, 2022, in St. Joseph, Missouri. In partnership with the 1st Infantry Division and the KC Chiefs, the KC Recruiting Bn. swore in 18 recruits during the Chiefs Military Appreciation Day. (Spc. Alvin Conley/Army)

By Todd South

The Army’s second-in-command for all things training said Thursday that the service saw a 10% drop in aptitude test scores during the pandemic, and that dipped further to 13% this year. Other Army data showed that up to 70% of potential recruits interested in Army service are disqualified in the first 48 hours due to obesity, low test scores or drug use…

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