SOURCE: Council for a Strong America

Council for a Strong America

September 12, 2016 10:17 ET

America Unprepared: New 50-State Index Shows Most Young Adults Not "Citizen-Ready"

Crime and Inability to Join Military or Workforce Present National Crisis; 10 a.m. September 13 Panel at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center Will Spotlight Solutions for Next President and Congress - RSVP Required

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - September 12, 2016) - America's strength depends on workforce-ready, law abiding men and women who are able to defend our nation. Unfortunately, a new Citizen-Readiness Index shows the majority of America's young adults fail to meet at least one of these indicators. Across the nation, more than three-fourths of the states (39 states) earned a grade of C or worse based on the percentage of young adults who miss the mark. The new Citizen-Ready Index shows:

  • More than 25 percent of young adults have an arrest record;
  • Approximately 1 in 7 young adults aged 16 to 24 are neither employed nor in school;
  • More than 70 percent of those between the ages of 17 and 24 cannot qualify for military service due to problems with obesity, education, drug abuse or crime.

FOR AN ADVANCE LOOK AT THE STATE-BY-STATE DATA, OR TO ATTEND THE SEPTEMBER 13 PANEL AT THE U.S. CAPITOL VISITORS CENTER (SVC 201-00) WHERE THE REPORT WILL BE RELEASED, EMAIL CHRIS BEAKEY AT cbeakey@councilforastrongamerica.org.

PANELISTS INCLUDE:

Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash (Wyandotte County, KS)

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Robert Besal, U.S. Navy (Charleston, SC)

Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Cushman & Wakefield (Memphis, TN)

Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist (Swimming) (Park City, UT)

Pastor Mark Fuller, Grove City Church of the Nazarene (Columbus, OH)

Moderator: Former ABC News Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent John Cochran

Council for a Strong America's 8,500 members of five organizations are: law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes. Visit us online at www.strongnation.org.

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