26 Mar 2017 20:12 UTCSun 26 Mar 2017 - 8:12 pm UTC
The Navy and the other services have long had minimal intelligence requirements for the induction of applicants/volunteers. I remember during the height of the Vietnam war (circa 1968) the Navy felt compelled to lower that bar due to insufficiencies in recruitment numbers. That meant lowering the cutoff score on the GCT (General Classification Test).
Those new volunteers whose GCT scores were below the previous floor and above the new floor, most of whom were seeking to avoid being drafted into the Army, became known to the rest of us as being part of a group. What was the informal name by which this new group of inductees was known? That name may have derived from the law or regulation that had provided for the relaxation of the intelligence standard, although care was taken not to stigmatize these new sailors, so the name probably had no official origin.
27 Mar 2017 01:38 UTCMon 27 Mar 2017 - 1:38 am UTC
Hello nautico. I took a look, but didn't see any relevant materials. Is there anything more you can tell us about context, specific events at the time, etc? Any additional details might help.
27 Mar 2017 02:33 UTCMon 27 Mar 2017 - 2:33 am UTC
Here is an article about this phenomenon ("McNamara's Folly"), although it doesn't include the name that this group of low scoring inductees came to be known by:
27 Mar 2017 02:46 UTCMon 27 Mar 2017 - 2:46 am UTC
They go by the name "Project 100,000" across the services:
but I don't see a nickname that was specific to the Navy, if that's what you're after.
Ring any bells?
27 Mar 2017 03:34 UTCMon 27 Mar 2017 - 3:34 am UTC
Make that your answer, because I found their "name" in the Wiki article. We called them "Cat 4's," because they had scored in Category IV of the pre-induction test, the AFQT.
27 Mar 2017 03:45 UTCMon 27 Mar 2017 - 3:45 am UTC
Interesting bit of history. Sounds like you and I are roughly the same age. I have a dim memory of this program myself.
Glad we could help.