March 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Army To Accept More High School Dropouts

Compiled From Wire Services

The Army said Tuesday it has begun accepting more recruits who have not finished high school, a concession to an enlistment market that has tightened.

Besides lowering the education standard, the Army is offering a range of new financial and other incentives, said Lt. Gen. Frederick Vollrath, the Army’s chief personnel officer.

Vollrath said the Army had abandoned its goal of having no fewer than 95 percent high school graduates in its recruit pool. It lowered the goal to 90 percent, the minimum required by the Defense Department for all services.

The Navy and Marines are sticking to their goal of 95 percent high school graduates, and the Air Force is keeping its goal of 99 percent, spokesmen said.

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