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Pentagon chief draws fire over ‘dangerous’ plan to relax military recruiting standards | MilitaryTimes
Photo Credit: Glenn Fawcett Army recruits in basic training deliver a call shortly after running an obstacle course on Fort Benning, Ga., May 4, 2012.

Pentagon chief draws fire over ‘dangerous’ plan to relax military recruiting standards | MilitaryTimes

Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s new proposal to relax the military’s recruiting standards for fitness and body composition is fraught with potential problems both politically and practically, observers say.

Carter floated the idea during a speech in New York on Tuesday, suggesting current recruiting standards may be “overly restrictive” and result in the military rejecting people who have vital skills in foreign languages or in fields such as cyber security and intelligence analysis.

Source: Pentagon chief draws fire over ‘dangerous’ plan to relax military recruiting standards