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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:26 AM
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Stepped-up Army recruiting enlists many with problems
Stepped-up Army recruiting enlists many with problems
Globe Staff / November 27, 2007


WASHINGTON - Two weeks ago, the Pentagon announced the "good news" that the Army had met its recruiting goal for October, the first month in a five-year plan to add 65,000 new soldiers to the ranks by 2012.

But Pentagon statistics show the Army met that goal by accepting a higher percentage of enlistees with criminal records, drug or alcohol problems, or health conditions that would have ordinarily disqualified them from service.

In each fiscal year since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, statisics show, the Army has accepted a growing percentage of recruits who do not meet its own minimum fitness standards. The October statistics show that at least 1 of every 5 recruits required a waiver to join the service, leading military analysts to conclude that the Army is lowering standards more than it has in decades.

"The across-the-board lowering of the standards is buying problems in the future," said John D. Hutson, a retired rear admiral, dean of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, and a former judge advocate general of the Navy. "You are going to have more people getting in trouble, more people washing out" of the service before finishing their tour of duty.

The Army Recruiting Command, based in Fort Knox, Ky., insists that it carefully reviews each applicant. "We look at the recent history, such as employment, schooling, references, and signs of remorse and changed behavior since the incident occurred" on how recruits with criminal records are regarded, the command said in a statement to the Globe.

But Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat and influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he is concerned that the the Army is sacrificing quality for quantity.

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http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2... /
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:31 AM
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1. Damn!
They may have to ditch that "walk and chew gum at the same time" requirement after all.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:33 AM
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2. "Buying problems in the future"
But as long as those problems don't manifest until at least late 2008, it's okay. And if they don't surface until 2009, so much the better!
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:38 AM
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3. actually, this is good news! it opens up slots for those gung-ho college republicans
that claim they want to fight but that they have 'asthma' or 'bad knees', etc.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:40 AM
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4. Ha! Good point! Though no doubt, they'll find other excuses not
to serve; it's what they do.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:21 AM
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10. yeah, maybe they'll just own up to being pant-wetting cowards and hypocrites
or not.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:44 AM
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5. pretty much like with VN
I'd say a good quarter of the guys in the same company in boot camp as myself were there to avoid jail. Where as at that point in life I had never seen a jail except'n on gunsmoke and a few other teevee shows, now that I think about it.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:51 AM
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6. ASVAB study guides used to be among the top 10 disappearing books at public libraries.
As in--those that were checked out but never returned or simply disappeared from the shelves.

That has ceased to be the case in the last couple of years. Can't imagine why... :sarcasm:
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greguganus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:52 AM
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7. Military took my son's friend who had ADD and...
...he went through basic training and was assigned as a humvee gunner. Before he was sent out of the country, he was discharged as "unable to adapt".
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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:00 AM
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8. Boom shaka lacka, boom shaka lacka!


"Are either of you homosexuals?"

"You mean, like, flaming or...?"

"Well, it's a standard question we have to ask."

"No, we're not homosexual, but we are willing to learn."

"Yeah, would they send us someplace special?"

"I guess that's no on both."
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:21 AM
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9. The Army called my 23 year old son last week.
He graduated from college Spring 2006. It was a bit of a shock when I answered the phone. Ya gotta give them an A for trying. I told the fellow that my son was not home. The recruiter asked me if I thought that my son would be interested in the Army. I thanked the fellow and told him no, but that we supported the troops and were working to get them a solid Commander and Chief. The conversation was a sad one for me. I think they are looking for good people it's just not working for them. Peace, Kim
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