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Last week the DC metro transit system is trying to -- 1000 workers to help with this expansion while I Jones is the problem.
At a 14100.
Applicants only facility made the -- why so few.
Because the applicants had issues like in literacy drop problems and criminal records let's bring in ejector general -- -- -- he's in DC.
General you -- -- that mission readiness and that's a group focused on preparing people for the real world.
The people that coming or trying to get into the military you seeing similar problems to what we just reported the DC metro.
We'll Stuart thanks and yes we are roughly 75%.
Of did the young people in the United States are not qualified to join the military.
And for similar reasons you've described academic background for sure.
But also -- legal problems as well as physical fitness and that's a real national security issue for us that's a terrible indictment.
Of eight perhaps Al culture and certainly be the education system you -- Absolutely.
You know there are some who would say we've got -- this problem in the high schools.
And frankly you've missed that investment by six or eight or ten years we've got to start.
With early childhood programs that.
That teach the children how that -- interact socially but also gets them interested in the kinds of subjects.
That will be critical to our country both national security wise.
As well as the business segment in the future bid be taken the other way around isn't it the pressure -- on to ease up on the standards relaxed the standards don't worry about a little bit about a Trace element of marijuana in the bloodstream.
Make -- the reading tests a little less of via.
How -- feel about that.
Well I think we've we've established good -- certainly for the military for good reason and and we want to continue just keep to those standards and and grow the young people that will meet them.
Do you think that the quality.
Of the military intake.
Is getting better -- getting looks.
As you know there's it's there is a very small percentage of the American public -- serve and because of that we -- able to keep the quality.
Still very high but -- -- Iceland obviously that the people who front off who want to join the military.
But what was the quality level that not the ones and accepted I know you -- very high standards and you know we see your young soldiers all the time and everybody is impressed with -- quality we got -- But what about but that the role recruits who want to join what's that quality of life.
Well I think it is symptomatic of the problems that we haven't school systems across the country we do see.
-- increasing number who don't meet the standards that we'd like and that's a challenge is so it is.
General we really thank you for joining us this morning but we think that this is a huge national problems.
I don't think we've got any -- -- you seem to have some -- we appreciate -- sharing them with us thank you very much general appreciate -- -- my pleasure thank you.
We sort of the -- any comments here and discuss.
This is something people recognize two out of three say if you graduate from high school most kids don't have the skills required -- enter the workforce for go to college.
There is a big concern that we put a lot of money into education -- 73% say we're not getting a good return on that.
People would like to see standards they would like to see output measurement for all of the investments we're making -- -- but.
Let's say we don't have an energy policy and we're consistently lineup on foreigners for our energy.
We have to worry about what's coming up the ranks that's going to protect us on the ground -- it on the ships and on the planes and if -- Many of the schools that unfortunately are under educating our children are probably also not promoting healthy -- either so it's a double whammy in these school systems and we're not paying enough attention.
-- -- know which way they gonna go because the short term easiest thing to do is relax the standards.
You want this job market will relax the standards you -- that the short term easiest and so I think and I look at -- growth.
And -- possibly so but I think that's what they might do Brooke you know West Point these days they are now making an effort not to wash condensed output to keep them.
In the program no matter what because they're having a harder time getting on.
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