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US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist
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After all, what better way to ensure the safety and security of the nation than by putting a high-capacity magazine and infantry assault rifle into the hands of a depressed bi-polar alcoholic? ;-)

"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."


This reminds me of the whole "McNamara's 100,000" push back in the 1960s to recruit 100,000 Soldiers who would have been ineligible to enlist due to formerly disqualifying mental or medical conditions. The Army ended up with some real problem children from that experiment

Today, the Army's looking at an 80,000-Soldier recruiting requirement through September, 2018. That's a seriously high hill to climb. So how to solve that? Simple! Lower the standards. Ugh! ;-)

Army now accepting recruits with history of serious mental illnesses
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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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For some reason the song Alice's Restaurant comes to mind.
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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [H-] [ In reply to ]
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H- wrote:
For some reason the song Alice's Restaurant comes to mind.

Hahahahahahahahaha! EXACTLY! ;-)
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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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Wow, recruiting numbers must really be down.

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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [mck414] [ In reply to ]
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mck414 wrote:
Wow, recruiting numbers must really be down.

My National Guard wife said that the recruiters in her building had huge numbers laid on them. It's all about "making mission" (your recruiting mission number). Imagine what those Army recruiters are going to try to bring in to make mission. Some recruits will have several waivers for various issues, no doubt.
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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [mck414] [ In reply to ]
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mck414 wrote:
Wow, recruiting numbers must really be down.


I hope so. One of the best things that could happen for the country is that people wise up and kids stop dying for causes that have nothing
to do with our safety. 16 years in Afghanistan?????? If we want to win a war and can't, that's the time to back our bags and bring our soldiers home. It just pisses me off when I read that President Orange Hair avoided Vietnam because of flat feet...... He's the coward running the country and it's not his kids dying and never will be.

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [jkca1] [ In reply to ]
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I wouldn't single out the current President. Every President since Bush The First avoided service as much as possible. As have most of those in Congress. It's a serious problem we have. Those authorizing and campaigning fot war have themselves, never laced up a pair of combat boots.

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Re: US Army: Self-Mutilators, Druggies, Bi-Polars, Depressives May Enlist [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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What could go wrong?

Life is full of froth and trouble, two things stand in stone
Kindness in another's troubles, courage in one's own
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