Army lifts waiver ban for recruits with history of depression: ‘It is a red flag’ The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2017 | Douglas Ernst

Army lifts waiver ban for recruits with history of depression: ‘It is a red flag’
The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2017 | Douglas Ernst

Posted on 11/13/2017, 1:50:31 PM by jazusamo

The U.S. Army quietly relaxed standards over the summer to allow potential recruits to receive waivers for a host of previous mental health issues — including self-mutilation.

A 2017 recruiting goal of 80,000 new soldiers through September appears to be at the root of a decision to reverse a 2009 waiver ban on mental health issues. Documents obtained over the weekend by USA Today show a willingness to consider applicants with a history of bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com

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