Army Recruiting High School Dropouts without GED
The Army is now allowing its recruiters to sign up high school dropouts who do not have a GED for the first time in years.
GEDs no longer required (Army Times)
Army recruiters now have a wider pool to find future soldiers in. The Army is reaching out to a slice of AmericaÃ¢€™s youth long ineligible to serve: non-high school graduates who donÃ¢€™t have a General Equivalency Diploma.
When I saw the headline and read that introduction, my heart sank. Thankfully, I kept reading:
Recruiters can now go after that demographic through the Ã¢€œArmy Educations PlusÃ¢€ option, the Army announced Tuesday. If an individual has been out of high school for at least six months, can pass a physical exam and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, he or she may be eligible for help getting a GED.
The program allows recruiters to enlist a high school dropout, according to S. Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. But the enlistee must have the GED before shipping off to basic training. The Army will pay for individuals to attend a course to prepare for the GED test and will cover the cost of taking the GED exam. Before attending the GED course on the ArmyÃ¢€™s tab, the person must enlist into the ArmyÃ¢€™s delayed entry program, Smith said.
The regular Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard are each offering this option, as of Tuesday.
This is actually a smart policy. For a small resource investment, the Army increases its recruiting pool without lowering its standards.
The Army has always been a way for the poor to climb out of a bad situation and make something of themselves. This is a fine continuation of that tradition.