The United States Army secretly removed recruiting restrictions for mentally unstable applicants for the sole purpose of meeting preset goal.
Without informing the American public, the US Army lifted the ban that stops recruits with a known history of mental illness or drug abuse from serving. Now that the truth has been openly revealed the reasoning has to do with low recruiting numbers because apparently the majority of people looking to join can’t get qualified with those restrictions in place. This is a rather disturbing decision considering the massive increase for suicidal tendencies that are bound to occur from mixing a bi polar disorder with PTSD.
The new rules green-light recruits who have bipolar disorder, depression and issues with cutting – a process in which a person takes a knife or razor to his or her own skin – along with those who bite, hit or bruise themselves intentionally.
The Army signed off on the new policy in August but never announced it, according to USA Today, which first reported the news.
The decision to lift restrictions comes as the military looks like it will miss its goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018.
In order to hit last year’s goal of 69,000 recruits, the Army also accepted men and women who did poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers for pot use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
Wow, just wow. And to do it secretly because the backlash was highly anticipated is Criminal.