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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:47 PM
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Lower standards help Army recruit more
Lower standards help Army recruit more
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer
Mon Oct 9, 2:49 PM ET



WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army recruited more than 2,600 soldiers under new lower aptitude standards this year, helping the service beat its goal of 80,000 recruits in the throes of an unpopular war and mounting casualties.

The recruiting mark comes a year after the Army missed its recruitment target by the widest margin since 1979, which had triggered a boost in the number of recruiters, increased bonuses, and changes in standards.

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According to statistics obtained by The Associated Press, 3.8 percent of the first-time recruits scored below certain aptitude levels. In previous years, the Army had allowed only 2 percent of its recruits to have low aptitude scores. That limit was increased last year to 4 percent, the maximum allowed by the Defense Department.

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About 17 percent of the first-time recruits, or about 13,600, were accepted under waivers for various medical, moral or criminal problems, including misdemeanor arrests or drunk driving. That is a slight increase from last year, the Army said.

Of those accepted under waivers, more than half were for "moral" reasons, mostly misdemeanor arrests. Thirty-eight percent were for medical reasons and 7 percent were drug and alcohol problems, including those who may have failed a drug test or acknowledged they had used drugs.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/a...

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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:51 PM
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1. America ... the land of the continually lowering standards for everything
Mediocrity reigns ever more supreme -- the deification of the 'normal.' :puke:
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:00 PM
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2. At what point am I allowed to stop supporting the troops?
With the standards dropping so fast there's got to be a point, right?
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:04 PM
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3. don't stop not their fault look to DOD
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 06:08 PM by Monkeyman
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:14 PM
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4. Logically, it'd be some time subsequent to beginning to support the troops
... with more than a magnet or lip service. :shrug:
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:25 PM
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5. They do not support the troops
In their own words and survey go to http://www.vawatchdog.org
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