Pentagon reviews recruitment standards including for tattoos, pot use

The US military will review recruitment practices to better reflect the changing face of America, including by possibly welcoming single parents, overweight people and even those who’ve smoked pot, the Pentagon said Tuesday. While there is no shortage of people willing to don a uniform, Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter worries the military draws from limited pools of potential recruits, or that well-qualified individuals face rejection for relatively trivial reasons. Recruiters face challenges “with spectacular potential recruits, who nevertheless also reflect the times in relation to such benchmarks as their current physical fitness, tattoos they got when they were younger, and single parenthood,” Carter said in prepared remarks at the City College of New York.

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