Tuesday, February 13, 2007

More Waivers Granted To Recruits By Army And Marines

    The Army and Marine Corps are letting in more " less desirable " recruits with criminal records, including some with felonies.

    While I have no problem with some criminals going into the armed services, those who have been convicted of felonies should have to stay out.


The military routinely grants waivers to admit recruits who have criminal records, medical problems or low aptitude scores that would otherwise disqualify them from service. Overall the majority are moral waivers, which include some felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic and drug offenses.

The number of felony waivers granted by the Army grew from 411 in 2003 to 901 in 2006, according to the
Pentagon, or about one in 10 of the moral waivers approved that year. Other misdemeanors, which could be petty theft, writing a bad check or some assaults, jumped from about 2,700 to more than 6,000 in 2006. The minor crimes represented more than three-quarters of the moral waivers granted by the Army in 2006, up from more than half in 2003.


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