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From the Mid-Hudson Valley Perspective Archive

ARMY LIFTS BAN ON WAIVERS FOR RECRUITS WITH HISTORY OF SOME MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

WASHINGTON - People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

(Posted Monday, November 13, 2017 )   <Read it>

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Editorial Comment

“Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement.”

That’s the good news and the bad news. - BK