RISKY! Army lifts ban on recruits with record of self-mutilation, substance abuse and other mental health issues
- Accepting recruits with those mental health conditions in their past carries risks, according to Elspeth Ritchie, a psychiatrist who retired from the Army as a colonel in 2010 and is an expert on waivers for military service.
- While bipolar disorder can be kept under control with medication, self-mutilation — where people slashing their skin with sharp instruments — may signal deeper mental health issues, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
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.
The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
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. The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops.
The United States Air Force will put its ageing fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to its chief of staff.
Amid rising tensions with North Korea and a resurgent Putin-led Russia, General David Goldfein told Defense One that the strategic bomber force will be ready at a day’s notice for the first time in 26 years.
Adapting to the ‘reality of the global situation’, Goldfein’s order would see B-52s readied at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and armed with nuclear weapons – something not seen since 1991.
In response to the news, North Korea said President Trump was ‘overheated with a war fever’ and branded him a ‘hooligan’ and a ‘lunatic’.
The government-owned news agency KCNA lashed out in a furious tirade: ‘Dignitaries of White House, and State and Defense Departments of the US are having a hard time cooling Trump overheated with a war fever, but only the south Korean puppet forces are fanning up the lunatic fingering a nuclear button.
IRAN DEVELOPED ‘FATHER OF ALL BOMBS’ SAID TO RIVAL U.S. MOAB, INFILTRATED U.S. MILITARY, OBTAINED SENSITIVE DOCS
Blame it on Obama! Iran claims to have developed “father of all bombs,” a monster 10-ton bomb, said to rival the United States’ ‘mother of all bombs,” or MOAB and also brags how it has infiltrated the U.S. military over the recent years.
Washington Free Beacon reports:
A senior Iranian military leader claims the Islamic Republic has developed the “father of all bombs,” a 10-ton bomb that is said to rival the United States’ ‘mother of all bombs,” or MOAB, according to regional reports.
Iranian General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s airspace division, claimed in an interview over the weekend with the country’s state-controlled media that Iran has developed the 10-ton bomb and has the capability to drop them from aircraft.
[…]Hajizadeh also claims that Iran has infiltrated the U.S. military and has sensitive documents in its possession.
“We have infiltrated into the Americans’ command control centers over the recent years,” he was quoted as saying in a television interview broadcast on PressTV, another Iranian-controlled outlet.
Washington Free Beacon reports:
Iran’s clandestine spy network has been threatening and blackmailing scores of journalists, even going so far as to detain and threaten the family members of these reporters, in order to ensure positive coverage in global media outlets, according to a new report that estimates at least 50 international journalists have been threatened in just the past year.
[…]Outlets such as the BBC and Voice of America have been subjected to threats and in some cases have had their computers hijacked by Iran, according to the report, which states that “all international media outlets with Persian-language services are concerned” about the Islamic Republic’s often-secret efforts to blackmail reporters in order to gain positive headlines.
JAMES ALEX FIELDS TRAINED BUT REJECTED BY ARMY ON MENTAL HEALTH GROUNDS, OBSESSED WITH HITLER/NAZI HISTORY
- James Alex Fields Jr was denied by the army because of a history of anti-psychotic medication that he was prescribed.”
- Fields had an “infatuation” with Adolf Hitler and Nazis, German military history and World War II, according to the suspect’s high school history teacher
- “Fields trained in August but was released from active duty due to a failure to meet training standards in December of 2015” – Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson
“The Army can confirm that James Alex Fields reported for basic military training in August of 2015,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson told Task & Purpose in a statement. “He was, however, released from active duty due to a failure to meet training standards in December of 2015. As a result, he was never awarded a military occupational skill nor was he assigned to a unit outside of basic training.” – Read more: Charlottesville Murder Suspect James Alex Fields May Be A Veteran, But He Was Never A Soldier
Daily Caller reports:
The 20-year-old man accused of driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters during a white nationalist rally Charlottesville, Va., had an “infatuation” with Adolf Hitler and Nazis, according to the suspect’s high school history teacher.
James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly slammed his car into a group of people in downtown Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Derek Weimer said he was not surprised when authorities named Fields as the driver. Weimer, who taught history to Fields Jr. at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Ky., said he was quiet yet bright student who had “radical ideas on race.”
“He was very infatuated with the Nazis, with Adolf Hitler,” Weimer told WCPO News in Cincinnati. “He also had a huge military history, especially with German military history and World War II. But, he was pretty infatuated with that stuff.”
Weimer also said that Fields Jr. wanted to go into military service but was rejected on mental health grounds.
“His senior year, he was real gung-ho about joining the Army,” Weimer said. “And he, towards the end of the year, found out that he was denied, and it was because of a history of anti-psychotic mediation that he was prescribed.”
Transgender people use a lot of hormone treatments and surgeries to transform themselves – and that’s quite expensive.
According to Military.com, there are pages upon pages of medical reasons that could keep a person from the military, either permanently or temporarily.
If you have bad — or no — teeth, those are grounds to keep you out of the U.S. military. So is having a hernia or being too overweight after gastric bypass surgery.
Here are just 34:
- Too Short: Men below 60 inches; women 58 inches
- Too Tall: Men above 80 inches; women above 80 inches
- Silicone Breast Implants
- Persistent Ovarian Cysts
- Abnormal Pap Smear
- Organ Transplant Recipient
- Undescended Testicle
- Epididymitis – caused by STDs
- Amputated Penis if Stump Prevents Proper Urination
- Absence of a Kidney
- Deformity of Skull, Face, or Jaw
- Spastic Neck
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Varicose Veins – Venous Incompetence
- Unrepaired Cleft Palate or Lip
- Vocal Cord Paralysis
- Head Shunt
- Certain Types of Head Injuries
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Anti-Social Behaviors
- Personality Disorder
- Certain Types of Acne
- Contact Dermatitis
- Sun Sensitivity
- Plantar Warts
- Fused or Bent Spine
- Allergies to Insects That Can Cause Anaphylaxis
- Sleep Apnea
- J.R. Salzman: “So your solution is to give them a weapon, and send them off into combat where lives depend on mental and emotional stability under stress?”
No logic Lady Gaga is so upset with President Trump not allowing transgender to serve in the military. Gaga uses the suicide rate to make her point why Trump is wrong and why they should be allowed:
“Sincerely, did you know of the group you singled out today, 45% of them ages (18 to 24) have attempted suicide already?”
Amputee Iraq vet noticed her tweet J.R. Salzman and gave a perfect answer :
“So your solution is to give them a weapon, and send them off into combat where lives depend on mental and emotional stability under stress?”
Hey Gaga, would it be logical to keep guns away from suicidal people -straight or trans or gay or whatever.
If your bodyguard is suicidal, would you hire the guy?
If your trans-friend or family member is suicidal and wishes to join the military, would you say yes?
If you are suicidal, would you keep guns near you?
Your emotional opinion is crazy and dangerous. Let some logic enter your liberal brain and don’t let it leave.
- “Sgt. Major Fairchild said I’m stupid and I can’t be a jet, but I’m beautiful and I *am* a jet.”
( Duffelblog ) I have finally found the strength to admit it.
I was 12 years old when I realized that I’m not really a man at heart, but rather a 19 foot, 10.5 inch long gatling gun strapped onto a 24,959 pound airframe.
All my life has been a lie but I’m setting that right today. I was designed to kill Soviet tanks. From now on, call me “Warthog.” That’s my real name.
I’m having plastic surgeons attach a GAU-8 Avenger 30 milimeter rotary cannon, 1,200 pounds of titanium armor, and two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofan engines to my body. Sgt. Major Fairchild said I’m fucking stupid and I can’t be a jet, but I’m beautiful and I am a goddamn jet.
If the Army won’t pay for me to get the surgery, I’m just going to bring in Code Pink and point out that that Manning loser is getting hormones and he’s in prison so why shouldn’t a perfectly well-adjusted and honorably serving soldier have the right to be who they truly are, a metal killing machine?
I am so sick and tired of being oppressed. Now we A-10’s are on Congress’s chopping block. It’s sickening to see all the white cisgender nazi shitlords literally raping my people with their actions.
It’s my right to spray 2,100 to 4,200 depleted uranium rounds per minute at both soft and hard targets and if you don’t support me and my transformation then you’re an aerialphobe and need to check your weapon platform privilege.
NOTE: The article is satire. Just for laughs.