With sequestration and troop drawdowns forcing the military to record low levels of readiness, the requirements for joining the U.S. armed forces have become more stringent, and the pool of eligible recruits has become smaller. Out of the 34 million 17-24 year olds in the U.S. only 1 percent are both eligible and inclined to pursue military service, according to the Defense Department.
Here are the nine most common reasons civilians are disqualified from service:
Being overweight is the number one reason civilians are disqualified from joining the military, and it's the only getting worse.
Having a diploma or GED is essential but with the military being more strict in their selection, having a GED doesn't guarantee anything.
3. Can't pass the ASVAB
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) exam determines what job you are eligible to perform in the military.
4. Failing Urinalysis / Drug use
5. Financial/Credit history
Recruiters will be concerned about your ability to stay focused on the mission if you have too much debt or financial stress on low junior grade pay.
6. Medical history
Doctors will evaluate your physical readiness to ensure you can meet the physical demands of serving.
7. Gauges: Holes in ears
More of the members of today's generation are expressing their individuality in various and extreme ways, and that could be grounds for disqualification.
Even though the Army has recently relaxed their tattoo policy, tattoos on your neck, hands, and face are still not authorized.
9. Criminal record
If you have a history with the law it's important you be up front about it rather than lie and have it come up in your background check later.