EL PASO — Many people here in El Paso are involved in the military. This week, The Pentagon said it's become harder to get into the United States Military, including the Army.
According to the Department of Defense, a majority of applicants are turned away for not meeting the desired standards, which includes graduating from high school and a record free of drugs and crimes.
"It's an advantage… This is a time where the Army is able to be a little more decisive and identify which soldiers are able to serve,” said Fort Bliss Spokesperson Major Joe Buccino.
Major Buccino said there are a couple of reasons behind the tougher requirements.
“In the past, we were at a time of war. We were at two conflicts. We were surging in Iraq, and then we were surging in Afghanistan. We're at the end of Iraq obviously… and we're moving soldiers from Afghanistan plus we're at a time, we're in a deficit. We have a deficit across the United States so the military has to downsize. Because the military has to downsize, it’s harder to get into the military and it’s harder to stay in the military,” said Buccino.
The Army alone is downsizing by 70,000 soldiers.
The military said there are now roughly two applicants for each opening.