Tuesday, May 03, 2005

 

Army recruits anything with a pulse

Well, why not? Why should the only psychopaths involved with the U.S. military be civilians?
Army Recruiters Say They Feel Pressure to Bend Rules

By DAMIEN CAVE

It was late September when the 21-year-old man, fresh from a three-week commitment in a psychiatric ward, showed up at an Army recruiting station in southern Ohio. The two recruiters there wasted no time signing him up, and even after the man's parents told them he had bipolar disorder - a diagnosis that would disqualify him - he was all set to be shipped to boot camp, and perhaps Iraq after that, before senior officers found out and canceled the enlistment.

Despite an Army investigation, the recruiters were not punished and were still working in the area late last month.

Two hundred miles away, in northern Ohio, another recruiter said the incident hardly surprised him. He has been bending or breaking enlistment rules for months, he said, hiding police records and medical histories of potential recruits. His commanders have encouraged such deception, he said, because they know there is no other way to meet the Army's stiff recruitment quotas.

"The problem is that no one wants to join," the recruiter said. "We have to play fast and loose with the rules just to get by."
Meanwhile, the Army says, nothing to see here, move along, move along.

It's a good thing a grizzled old, experienced combat vet like George W. Bush is in charge of things. I'd hate to imagine what bad shape our military would be in if a cowardly draft-dodging deserter like John Kerry were president.
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