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National Guard is getting picky about enlistees
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Suffer from a bad case of acne? That could disqualify you from joining the Army National Guard. Too many speeding tickets? That could keep you out, too.
Under pressure from the Pentagon to trim its ranks, the Guard has been quietly phasing in restrictions that make it harder to enlist.
"To get in now, you have to be the cream of the crop," said Sgt. First Class Brian Clum, a recruiter in Ohio.
Military officials portray the cutbacks as an effort to trim excess from a Guard force bloated from years of successful recruiting, especially during the recession.
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Under new rules issued by the National Guard's top recruiting commander this year, the maximum enlistment age was lowered from 42 to 35 and the minimum acceptable score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test, the exam required by all military branches, was raised for the Guard from 31 to 50 out of a possible 100.
Also, the Guard stopped forgiving potential recruits for offenses such as theft, assault, and driving under the influence. And it stopped issuing medical waivers, which allowed recruits to be admitted despite health problems as serious as an extreme food allergy and as minor as a painful bout of acne.
Originally posted by Maddogkull
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