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  •  We might be returning to a 1970s view (12+ / 0-)

    Back in the mid-late 70s, The armed forces were generally viewed as the last refuge of the incompetent.  You joined the army because you didn't have the skills to do any other kind of work.

    The Army was viewed as either stupid enlisted, sadistic sergeants, and officers who were incompetent nincompoops who couldn't lead ants to a picnic.

    A bit more of this, and it'll be like that again.

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:19:24 AM PDT

    •  There was a point in the late 60's when the (4+ / 0-)

      passing score for the army intelligence test consisting of four choice multiple-choice questions was 25% - i.e., what you'd expect answering randomly.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:24:55 AM PDT

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      •  I was drafted in 1969 and inducted (1+ / 0-)
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        in 1970; I’d like some evidence for this claim.  The army AGCT (GT) test at that time was a fairly long test whose scoring topped out at 160, a score of 157 being sufficient to qualify one for membership in the Triple Nine Society, for those who actually care about such things.  (The membership qualification is being in the (top 99.9th percentile on a test of adult intelligence.)

        •  This is my memory, having taken the test in (1+ / 0-)
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          1968 when drafted.  That's all.  

          By the way, if I'm right, it would require more effort to fail it than pass it.  One might argue it would have been the smart thing to work to fail than to pass and become a TNS member.  :)

          The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

          by accumbens on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:36:30 AM PDT

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    •  They gave criminals the option of choosing (0+ / 0-)

      military service over incarceration. They stopped that in the late 70s/early 80s because the military branches were having trouble finding enough enlistees capable of learning their technology and doing their jobs.

      We used to dump our social undesirables into our military branches.

      Lead with love. Forgive as a reflex.

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 12:38:09 PM PDT

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