December 12, 2005


From 1992 onward, only 1% of the new enlistees allowed into the U.S. military came from Category IV -- the 10th to 30th percentiles on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, the military's main IQ test. People who score from 80 to 92 in IQ were just more trouble than they were worth in today's high tech military.. Recently, however, the Army announced that due to recruiting difficulties, it would boost the Category IVs to 4%, which didn't sound too worrisome.

But what's happening in reality? The US Today reports:

The Army met its recruiting goals in October, the first month of the 2006 fiscal year, but 12 percent of its recruits scored in the lowest category on military entrance tests on science, math and word knowledge, “The Sun” of Baltimore reported this month. That was triple the number - 4 percent - that the Army expects in 2006.

Rep. John Murtha, the 37-year Marine veteran, who apparently drinks beers with the top brass regularly, claims it's worse:

They have lowered the standards. They're accepting 20 percent last year in category four. Now, this is a highly technical service we're dealing with, And yet they lowered the standards to category four, which they said when we had the volunteer army, that would eliminate all the category four.

So, what's really going on? I don't know. And I don't expect the media to cover this important national security issue in any depth, because if they did, they might have to admit that military puts tremendous weight on IQ, which the press has been denouncing as racist pseudoscience for decades.

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