They are changing the requirements to get into the Army….it looks like mental illness is not a deterrent of military service anymore……
– 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 question the logic that goes into this decision. Is the Army hurting so bad that it has to lower its standards to enter? Is this wise? What about when the person leaves the Army and the problems that will have to be addressed once a civilian?
This is NOT the best idea they have come up with to increase the amount of people eligible to serve in the Army.
Anyone have a thought on this decision by the Army?