A new report says military recruitment in Illinois is running into the same three problems with many who wish to enlist. Those problems being they can’t pass the entrance exam or the fitness test or because they have a criminal record. State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) says he ran into issues many times while serving as the state’s adjutant general.
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“One of my jobs was to oversee recruitment,” Harris said. “Too often, individuals who wanted to join the military could not pass the aptitude test or could not score high enough on the aptitude test to gain entrance into the military service.”
The report, released by the group Mission: Readiness, doesn’t advocate lowering these standards, but recommends increasing access and funding to early childhood education to prepare Illinois kids for better careers, including in the military.