"Only 25% of the U.S. population is eligible to serve, due to academic, health or behavioral issues," Eaton said.
Last year the Army missed its annual recruiting goal by more than 6,500 personnel. In a statement, the Army would not say whether the immigration policies had impacted its ability to recruit last year.
"Our leaders remain confident that we have laid the foundation to improve recruiting for the Army while maintaining an emphasis on quality over quantity," the Army said.
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