Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Liberals, the Armed Forces Qualifying Test and IQ

Matthew Yglesias:

Fred Kaplan writes about the massive increase in the number of "Category IV" scorers on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test that the Army is letting in, thanks to Iraq-driven recruiting problems. He also reviews the considerable evidence that these test scores are an important component of effective soldiering. I tend to doubt, however, that this line of criticism will gain any traction, since making the argument requires you to say that IQ tests (which is all the AFQT really is) are an important measurement and most liberals prefer to shy away from the topic.

It's me and Chas's fault!


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