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People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now join the US Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA Today.

This decision 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 US 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: In fiscal year 2017, US Army paid out $424 million in bonuses, up from $284 million in 2016. In 2014, that figure was only $8.2 million. Some recruits can qualify for a bonus of $40,000.

Lieutenant Colonel Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said that recruiting people with mental health issues is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit. “The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is now more readily available,” Taylor said in a statement. “These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”

Cue the joke about having to sign up and be sent to Afghanistan in order to stay there for God knows how long, doing God knows what.

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  • cynic

    Lunatics to join the ranks of the US military? Well, I suppose they can’t ALL be generals.

    • FlorianGeyer

      That is rather amusing :)

  • Garga

    People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse

    The kind that should touch a fire arm (or any weapon). But I’m not convinced what they mean, because in the US they constantly change the definitions. I can’t trust it because now, looking at someone or saying hi can get you in trouble of “sexual harassment”. So, what does “self-mutilation” mean? Dude got himself a tattoo or piercing in the kitchen? Cut his own ears? Drug abuse can be from smoking a joint in college to Crack addiction.

    I’m afraid this time they meant the true definition of those scary words, in that case, we’ll face an army of psychopaths literally. Hitherto we saw nothing of the US war crimes, they’ll show us.

    • Frane Frlan

      What scary words? There are no self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse in your army? You missing a lot. ;)
      Besides, army is usually NOT populated with mathematicians and rocket scientists. Decision to choose a profession of life taking machine is in contradiction with candidate’s sanity, which fits 100% in her/his social background (key word from quote – “history”).

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    This is propaganda, because the US was letting lunatics in back in, in the 2nd world war.
    Anyone ever take any note of how they treated people in the 2nd world war?
    Anyone remember the mass rapes and the 3 millions ethnically cleansed after the war was already over?
    They have been lunatics. Their are just fewer of them compared to the big wars.
    They also burned down their own country like what they did to Atlanta city, the creeps.
    http://www.ihr.org/content/june-5-2013
    http://www.ihr.org/other/july09weber.html

  • SOF

    Non-story. I have been drafted into the military as my country’s law requires. If you aren’t messed up, they will make you messed up. They will put a lot of mental and emotional pressure on you, they will feed you food high in starch and low on everything else, they will humiliate and take away a reward they were on the verge of giving you to fuck with your mind.

    All to make you start to hate yourself as a person. Self-loathing is the first step to be more easily able to pull that trigger to kill someone else, and feel good doing it. I should know.

    • Rob

      You are a girl.

      • SOF

        And your mother is Podesta’s bitch. Blocked.

  • Alejandro Bonifacio

    i’ve seen SS Einsatzgruppen!

  • That’s why the US defense budget is so much higher than Russia and China’s. Most of it goes towards losing

  • juan carlos ayala

    Do you want to have an army of psychopaths? If there is a lack of military service for everyone equally