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Army lifts ban on cutters, mentally ill and drug abusers to meet recruiting goals

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  • #16
    That's a more liberal approach than conservative... Because as a liberal you can't leave anyone out or you may hurt their feelings.


    • #17
      Army: No lower standards for recruits with history of mental illness

      The Army is pushing back against a recent USA Today story that said the service is lowering its standards to allow more recruits with histories of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder and other issues.

      The Army recently updated its accessions policy to allow multiple organizations to review and approve recruiting waivers, Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, the deputy chief of staff for personnel, wrote in a statement to reporters.

      The service did not, as USA Today reported, lift any outright barriers to service, according to the statement.


      Past behavioral issues, to include cutting, bipolar disorder and depression, as well as drug and alcohol abuse generally prevent someone from enlisting or earning a commission. However, the Army will grant waivers in some cases.

      Until recently, all waivers needed to be approved by Department of the Army headquarters, Seamands wrote. The only recent change to policy is that now U.S. Army Recruiting Command may make decisions on them, or a state’s adjutant general in the case of the National Guard.

      Key Points Here:
      • The waiver approval process was simply devolved from Department of the Army HQ to Recruiting Command, probably with the intention of relieving the bureaucratic burden on the former.
      • Waiver approval is still discretionary - there is no automatic process.
      • The burden of proof during a waiver application is on the applicant - that is, it's up them to prove why they should receive a waiver, and not the Army's to prove why they shouldn't.
      • The whole waiver process exists so that people who were previously diagnosed with such issues, but got better, or were simply incorrectly diagnosed in the first place (which does happen) - can apply for a waiver so that they aren't automatically excluded based on outdated or incorrect information.
      Basically, this is just a tempest in a teapot.


      • #18
        I read that earlier in the day, except I do not believe any of it as they have lowered standards of who to recruit in the last decade. When you see it with your own eyes it is easy to call BS. The Army just doesn't want backlash because of it. If it was handed to recruiting command, they are going to grant waivers for absolutely everything in order to get their quotas in.

        A waiver for an incorrect diagnosis? How about if it's incorrect, no waiver is needed as it is INCORRECT.

        DoD is doing a pretty good job at shooting itself in the foot.


        • #19
          So glad I'm out. We're going to head to our next fight with a bunch of loons.


          • #20
            Oh look! The Army is back peddling and shifting blame!