McNamara and the story of Forrest gump

The Project 100,000 “new standards program” commenced by Robert McNamara in 1966 drafted 100,000 men formally rejected as they fell in the lower 30 percentile in the Armed Forces Qualification Test, failing tests for mental and education standards. The story of Forrest Gump was to be shared by around 100,000 men per year, colloquially labelled as McNamara’s morons, men who would be an asset to the army as they could be trained using modern methods such as video tape to bring them up to speed.

Although the mental standards where lowered to increase the numbers drafted without having to draft college educated men and the national reserve, the standards were still slightly higher than the entrance standards during the Korean war.

Hamilton Gregory talks about his book McNamara’s folly discussing the programme:

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