A new report shows that the majority of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 are not prepared for the workforce and that 71 percent nationwide cannot qualify for military service.
This is actually the second annual release of the Citizen-Readiness Index, produced by Council of a Strong America (CSA), comprised of experts from several sectors of American society:
- Mission: Readiness: 700 retired admirals and generals;
- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids: 5.000 police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors;
- ReadyNation: 2.000 CEOs and other business leaders;
- Shepherding the Next Generation: 800 faith leaders;
- Champions for America’s Future: 400 top athletes and coaches;
Across the entire nation, more than three-fourths of the states (37) have earned a grade C or worse based on the percentage of young adults who miss the mark.
The new Citizen-Readiness Index shows that nationwide:
- 12% of adults aged 17-24 have been arrested at least once;
- Approximately 1 in 8 young adults aged 16 to 24 is neither employed nor in school;
- More than 70% of those between the ages of 17 and 24 don’t qualify for military service due to the problems with obesity, education, drug abuse or crime.
“Yes, this report is so full of bad news that the nation cannot ignore, but, we don’t have to take it lying down,” said Lieutenant General Norman R. Seip, United States Air Force (Ret.), a member of Mission: Readiness, an organization of more than seven hundred retired admirals and generals.
“Quality nearly education, strong families and good nutrition and physical activity in our nation’s schools can put all of our young people on track to succeed in today’s economy or in the military if that is the path they choose,” he added.