Tom Wilson

Wilson

As a nation, we proudly salute our armed forces. Whether we are honoring service members during a football game or buying a vet’s lunch, we open our hearts and say, in all sincerity, “Thank you.”

But are we doing enough to create a strong military force of the future? Sadly, the answer is no. The U.S. Army missed its 2018 recruiting goal by 8.5 percent, or about 6,500 recruits. In fact, 71 percent of young Pennsylvanians do not qualify for military service. One third exceed weight requirements. Another third cannot pass military entrance exams or do not hold high school diplomas. The final third have criminal records or substance abuse histories.

Thomas J. ‘TJ’ Wilson, III, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret), is a member of the executive advisory council of Mission: Readiness – Military Leaders for Kids. He lives in Biglerville.

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