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The Army will now allow recruits with a history of some mental health conditions to seek waivers to join the service.
WASHINGTON – 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.
Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement.
The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops.
“The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is now more readily available,” Taylor's statement to USA TODAY said.
“These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”
And now with the recent incident in Texas, another troubled young man with military ties.
With the regulation, the SSA was required to identify and report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) individuals who are unable to work because of severe mental impairment and can’t manage their own Social Security financial benefits, and therefore were ineligible to buy guns.
WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abusecan now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.
originally posted by: ADAMandEVIL
a reply to: StallionDuck
My title was from the USA Today article.
Do you consider self-harm to be not serious?
Are you not very serious about drug addiction?
How about a suicidal, self-harming, bipolar alcoholic with a drug history?
Again, sorry but these ARE serious, maybe not all of them all the time, but they're no joke.
Especially if we're giving them a gun.