In the old days (70's and 80's) there were many applicants for Gilead and special pioneer service. Many of the people I knew personally were really top notch. They would come in with a lot of enthusiasm and were a boon to the congregation. Now they seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel. Example: In a congregation near where I live (midwest rural US) an MTS grad in his mid 20's was brought in a few months ago. Here are some of the things I have heard about him.
He turned down an offer from one of the brothers for free rent.
His mother came with him to pick out an apartment, which she pays for.
He has supposedly a degree in mechanical engineering, but he has never worked in the field.
He seldom participates in the ministry with the congregation, but does most of his ministry writing letters from his apartment.
He has a live-in cousin for companionship, but doesn't associate much with the congregation.
After 3-4 months he still does not have a job, and insists that he wants a 9-5 weekday job.
He says he can pioneer with a fulltime job because he has done it before, but he is still not working anywhere. I guess his mom supports him.
He gives talks in the meetings, and that is about it. The congregation members have been saying 'He isn't helping much'.
Since I haven't met him personally maybe I have it wrong, but one thing is certain; he doesn't have the respect of the congregation members.
What kind of applicants are they getting for MTS? Go figure.