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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, November 13, 2017

You Don't Have to be Crazy (or Stupid) to Join the Army, But It'd Doesn't Hurt to Be

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.
I wonder if the Army cares that some people with mental health history are banned from even touching a gun.

Project 100,000 was a failure, but that doesn't keep the Army from reinventing it whenever the well of recruits starts to dry up.

The stupidity of trying to run a forever war on the backs of volunteers alone is patently obvious.


The New York Crank said...

They run a forever war on the backs of volunteers because if they ran it on the backs of draftees, angry young people and angry mothers would get us out of it so fast, there might not even be time to photograph the few sucker foreign loyalists to the United States clinging to the helicopter skids again.

Yours crankily,
The New York Crank

3383 said...

Is it too much to hope that these recruits will not be in the combat arms?

dinthebeast said...

So let me get this straight: Transgender people out, drug users in?
Not that I think marijuana use should be disqualifying in all cases, but they supposedly do, right?
Come to think of it, almost everyone I've ever known who served in the military got high on one illegal thing or another before they went in, so maybe that part of it is just being realistic, but the mental health part seems a little shortsighted, I would say. I mean they could probably find jobs that they could do that their mental problems don't interfere with, just like a lot of companies do, but will they?

-Doug in Oakland

Comrade Misfit said...

3383, it is too much to hope for. But once they get discharged, no doubt The Sparkle Pony of Death, or whatever name The Company Formerly Known As Blackwater is known as, will happily hire them.

w3ski said...

My wife suffers from Bi Polar disease, one of the newly allowable conditions for enlistment. She is on a handful of meds every day and night but I will admit they finally got it right for her and she rarely has wild mood swings anymore.
Ten years ago, I could not imagine the disasters she would have caused with access to an M16 and a Blooper. Say throw in a Ma Deuce for good measure?
As for me, from personal experience, as to 'bi polar' people serving?
I have to say No, No, No, and NO!

Ole Phat Stu said...

The minimum IQ for joining the Spanish Army is 70.

There is no such requirement for the US presidency ;-)