Lowered Expectations


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Dec 22, 2006
Seems the military is looking for anything it can find to fight this war. Shoot, instead of death row, let us just send all of 'em to Iraq.

"To keep filling the ranks, the Army has had to keep lowering its expectations. Diluting educational, aptitude and medical standards has not been enough. Nor have larger enlistment bonuses plugged the gap. So the Army has found itself recklessly expanding the granting of "moral waivers," which let people convicted of serious misdemeanors and even some felonies enlist in its ranks.

Last year, such waivers were granted to 8,129 men and women — or more than one out of every 10 new Army recruits. That number is up 65 percent since 2003, the year President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq. In the last three years, more than 125,000 moral waivers have been granted by America's four military services.

Most of last year's Army waivers were for serious misdemeanors, like aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and vehicular homicide. But around 900 — double the number in 2003 — were for felonies. [..]

But the Pentagon is discharging more than 700 people a year who are determined to be homosexuals — who in nearly every case have performed their service honorably on behalf of their country and uniformed service.

But it goes beyond troops on the front line. The military apparently has little problem putting major weapons systems into the hands of criminals while at the same time discharging Arabic-speaking linguists."

Are you sure of this? I am not responding to dispute your claim but from what I understand, minor misdemeanors are acceptable but there are not waivers for felonies.

Can you please give more details and perhaps a link to a website where this is documented?

Interesting if this is true.