A Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable to Join the Military

Event Defense
Event Defense

October 12, 2017 A Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable to Join the Military

Co-Hosted by Mission: Readiness

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC

Featured Speakers

Rep. Don Bacon


Representing Nebraska’s second district and a retired Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force


The U.S. armed forces depend on approximately 200,000 citizens to volunteer every year. Unfortunately, the Pentagon reports that 71 percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 cannot join the military, due primarily to inadequate education, physical unfitness, record of serious crime, or drug abuse. Furthermore, obesity remains a bigger threat to our country now than it was a generation ago.

Unaddressed, this situation poses a national security crisis: America will not be able to maintain the size and type of armed forces necessary to defend the nation’s interests, a potentially catastrophic situation.  

What is driving the rise in the inability of Americans to qualify for military service? How are the problems manifesting themselves today? What can our nation do to reverse these trends?

Please join a group of experts as they discuss this important challenge for our nation. Co-hosted by Mission: Readiness, the nonpartisan organization of over 700 retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble. It is part of Council for a Strong America.