Sunday, November 12, 2017

Be All You Can Be

Army lifts ban on recruits with mental health history 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. (Isn’t this just what we need?  A few more suicides and internal struggles fo combat teams?  Warm bodies that can’t be depended on?  If we need warm bodies this badly, maybe we should just draft random people off the street.  Oh, yeah, the War of 1812 and Impressment, I remember, now.   This isn’t even PC or Liberal inclusiveness, it’s just difficulty in finding enough QUALIFIED recruits.  The Colonel [a psychiatrist] quoted in the story didn’t make it sound especially useful unless you read something I didn’t.  Ron P.)

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