#1 Army lifts ban on recruits with mental health history by Cincinnatus 12.11.2017 16:23

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Not so sure this is the best of ideas, but I suppose it depends on the degree of allowance; and, as the article indicates, indicates how bad recruitment efforts are.

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WASHINGTON — People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year's goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement. The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops.

“The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is now more readily available,” Taylor's statement to USA TODAY said. “These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”

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Accepting recruits with poor qualifications can cause problems. [no kidding].



http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/army-li...kt5R&ocid=ientp

#2 RE: Army lifts ban on recruits with mental health history by PzLdr 12.11.2017 18:39

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I did a tour with USAREC in 1969-1971. Recruiting folks with poor skills, health, IQ, etc. did NOT work out well. Neither did drafting them.

#3 RE: Army lifts ban on recruits with mental health history by ThirstyMan 13.11.2017 05:56

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Quote: PzLdr wrote in post #2
I did a tour with USAREC in 1969-1971. Recruiting folks with poor skills, health, IQ, etc. did NOT work out well. Neither did drafting them.


Sadly, I hate to say it, but when you view a cross section of the youth today, with their sexually confused culture, it's hard to imagine that America would survive another WW experience.

It's most distressing. I hope our culture can 'snap out of it!' This is a serious problem. Their god so often is their belly.

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