Army Lifts Ban on Accepting Recruits with Assorted Mental Illnesses

Army Lifts Ban on Accepting Recruits with Assorted Mental Illnesses

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@Sara Noble

People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under a new policy. We’re going to give people with a history of mental illnesses guns and grenades, machetes but we keep hearing we shouldn’t allow people with mental problems have guns.

The Army needs 80,000 new soldiers by September 2018. Last year, they took in 69,000, loosening up the restrictions on poor scores on aptitude tests, gave waivers for pot smokers, and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

The Army banned the mentally ill in 2009 because of the epidemic of suicides among troops but they now feel they have enough medical information on potential recruits to lessen the risk.

They will be at high risk nevertheless some experts say[…]

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