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A history of mental health issues no longer automatically disqualifies you from joining the Army.

An unannounced policy change in August allows potential recruits with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse to seek a waiver. The ban was put in place in 2009 after a rash of suicides among troops.

The Army has been struggling to meet recruitment goals. 2017’s quota is 80,000 recruits — that’s 11,000 more than 2016. (USA Today)

Fasho Thoughts:

  • A spokesman says the Army has more access to better medical records, and can make individual assessments rather than rely on a total ban.
  • Sure, let’s arm and train a bunch more guys like Devin Kelley. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Pentagon officials have long resisted re-instituting the draft, but we made need compulsory service if we can’t fill the ranks.
  • The Army has the biggest recruiting challenge, since joining often means boots on the ground in a hostile country.
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Source: Radio One / Don Juan Fasho

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