Army will consider recruits with some mental health issues

Army will consider recruits with some mental health issues

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore GOP strategist: "There needs to be a repudiation" of Roy Moore by Republicans World leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report MORE (R-Ariz.) is again threatening to hold up Pentagon nominees, this time over a news report about the Army granting mental health waivers to recruits.

Army officials lowered the authorization level at which the service can approve waivers for potential recruits who have had past "mental health issues", said Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, the Army's personnel chief in a prepared statement.

The Army signed off on the new policy in August but never announced it, according to USA Today, which first reported the news.

"These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories", Mr. Taylor said.

"The burden of proof is on the applicant to provide a clear and meritorious case for why a waiver should be considered", an Army memo said. Today, more than ever, we need to be recruiting the most mentally and physically resilient recruits possible for our military. The Army issued a ban on waivers in 2009 amid an suicide epidemic in the military - a problem that still exists.

"Recent reports that the Army has changed medical entrance standards for those with mental health issues are inaccurate", Seamands wrote, according to Army Times.

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"There's so many gradations of mental illness", Edwards said. They to hope enlist 80,000 new recruits.

"In a military environment, these and other behaviors have been disqualifying, due to negative consequences for morale and readiness, plus elevated tensions and risks for everyone", Donnelly said.

Simpson told The Daily Caller News Foundation that many mental health problems that are barely noticed in civilian life fully erupt in active service because of the stresses of the job.

From 2016 to 2017, the percentage of Category Four recruits - referring to those who scored in the lowest category on aptitude tests - jumped from 0.6 percent to 1.9 percent.

Edwards says she can understand the other side of it. The chairman of the Armed Services Committee said he learned of the Army's policy adjustment from the USA Today report and has not yet received appropriate information from the service.

The Army has a poor history with soldiers who have been accepted under the standard bar of entry requirements.

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