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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pentagon chief draws fire over 'dangerous' plan to relax military recruiting standards

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.

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