We were led to believe that the U.S. Army recruits only the best of the best, but it turns out that was a lie.
Yes, that’s right! It was recently revealed that the United States Army secretly lowered their standards. The Army will now accept people with psych issues and drug addictions. The ease on standards comes at time where the Army is behind on their yearly goal on new recruits.
However, this wasn’t the first time the Army decided to ease standards. Last year, they decided to waive people if they smoked pot or failed the aptitude test. They even increased the number of bonuses they awarded to recruits.
With these relaxing standards, many of us are wondering, will this affect the quality of the Army?
Facing low recruitment levels, the U.S. Army quietly lifted its ban on allowing people with a history of mental illness, self-mutilation and drug abuse to serve in the military – despite warnings from the industry about the risks involved.
The new rules green-light recruits who have bipolar disorder, depression and issues with cutting – a process in which a person takes a knife or razor to his or her own skin – along with those who bite, hit or bruise themselves intentionally.
The decision to lift restrictions comes as the military looks like it will miss its goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018.
In order to hit last year’s goal of 69,000 recruits, the Army also accepted men and women who did poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers for pot use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
In fiscal year 2017, it paid out $424 million in bonuses, up from $284 million in 2016. In 2014, that figure was $8.2 million. According to USA Today, some of the recruits qualified for bonuses of $40,000.
When it comes to mental health, recruits who would have previously been barred can submit waivers allowing them to sign up.
The change reverses an eight-year ban on the wavers following a spike of suicides.
This is such a dangerous move honestly. The U.S. Army was suppose to have such a high reputation of being the best. How can we uphold that reputation if we ease these standards? People with psych issues have a hard time in stressful situations. It can cause them to melt down and self destruct. Also can we really trust psych people with guns? I mean LOOK at the news lately. A lot of mass shootings from people with mental illness. To me, the Army is playing a dangerous game! A game that could cost us a lot!