A staggering 71 percent of young people are ineligible to join the military, according to 2017 Pentagon data.
The main reasons most 17-to-24 year olds cannot qualify include obesity, lack of a high school diploma, or having a criminal record.
Recruiters say this could be a risk for our national security. Officials say it's also an issue for businesses in general because the vast majority of that age group is not eligible for many jobs.
71 percent of young people are ineligible to join military - Pentagon data
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