13 Nov '17, 11pm

Army: No lower standards for recruits with history of mental illness

The Army is pushing back against a recent USA Today story that said the service is lowering its standards to allow more recruits with histories of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder and other issues. The Army recently updated its accessions policy to allow multiple organizations to review and approve recruiting waivers, Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, the deputy chief of staff for personnel, wrote in a statement to reporters. The service did not, as USA Today reported, lift any outright barriers to service, according to the statement. “Recent reports that the Army has changed medical entrance standards for those with mental health issues are inaccurate,” he wrote. “The Army has made no such policy change and follows the accession standards prescribed by the Department of Defense.” Past behavioral issues, to include cutting, bipolar disorder and depression, as well as drug and alc...

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