Originally Posted by Jay
In my opinion anyone should be allowed to enlist, it is a right to serve one's country and is unfair that even if someone attained a GED which equates to a diploma in many scenarios they still can't join armed forces.
Its not a right to serve ones country it is a privilege.
With the advances being made in the technology available to the ordinary foot slogger, there has to be a certain amount of brains under the helmet!
When I was in, twenty five years ago, there was just about one radio per infantry section, and things like GPS/sat nav were science fiction!
I was attached to an Infantry company to help them use anything bigger and more complicated than these section radios.
Now days, each infantryman has a radio and access to plenty of other technical kit that requires a certain amount of intelligence to use.
Also there is more to soldiering than pointing them in the right direction and saying "Go get em!"
It's not just officers who need the scholastic backing.
In the British Army the same level of intelligence and initiative is required and expected of anyone.
Get as much educational backing as you can, it can't hurt.