Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Facing Shortage, Army Allowing Bipolar Recruits

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. ... [A]ccepting 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. People with a history of mental health problems are more likely to have those issues resurface than those who do not, she said. "It is a red flag," she said. "The question is, how much of a red flag is it?"


Facing a severe shortage of recruits willing to line up to fight on the whim of a president who has shown little if any regard for their safety, the Army lifted a ban on waivers for people with serious documented mental health conditions.


What could possibly go wrong?

#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-13 10:00 AM

This is the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-13 12:35 PM

Bowe Bergdahl can re-enlist!

This won't end well.

#3 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-13 12:52 PM

they took me and then i won every award they had, starting in Basic.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-13 03:23 PM

nobody wanted to be in Bush's Army and nobody wants to be in Trump's.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-13 03:25 PM

Good news for cutters.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-13 08:21 PM

And guys banned from malls.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-13 08:27 PM

Holy crap! I had a guy in my squad who played with barbie dolls as a kid, and kept something that looked like a fishing-tackle box full of a wide variety of pills in his wall locker. He got medically discharged for being a psycho. He couldn't actually make friends, for instance, and he lasted maybe two weeks in my squad.

The only person he would ever talk about was his mother.

Yeah, this will end well.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-13 09:52 PM

Making the Military Great Again!

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-14 07:38 AM

That's right 726, it was Trumps decision.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-14 07:42 AM

Hey, at least they've got access to mental healthcare now.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-14 10:22 AM

#7 | Posted by Will123 at 2017-11-14 11:32 AM

That is not a "serious mental health condition."

That you think it is, however, indicates that you might have a serious mental condition.

Seek help as soon as possible.

#13 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-14 11:34 AM

But no rich kids with fake bone spurs!

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-14 12:36 PM

An irrational hatred of transgender people IS a serious mental disorder

Being a transgender person is not a mental disorder at all

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-14 02:11 PM

#19 | Posted by Will123 at 2017-11-14 03:16 PM

If you were smart enough you'd recognize your condescension.

But, you're clearly not smart enough even for that.

#22 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-14 03:58 PM

"A penis = man, a vagina = woman." - #17 | Posted by Will123 at 2017-11-14 02:03 PM

Not XX and not XY one in 1,666 births
Klinefelter (XXY) one in 1,000 births
Androgen insensitivity syndrome one in 13,000 births
Partial androgen insensitivity syndrome one in 130,000 births
Classical con------- adrenal hyperplasia one in 13,000 births
Late onset adrenal hyperplasia one in 66 individuals
------- agenesis one in 6,000 births
Ovotestes one in 83,000 births
Idiopathic (no discernable medical cause) one in 110,000 births
Iatrogenic (caused by medical treatment, for instance progestin administered to pregnant mother) no estimate
5 alpha reductase deficiency no estimate
Mixed gonadal dysgenesis no estimate
Complete gonadal dysgenesis one in 150,000 births
Hypospadias (urethral opening in perineum or along penile shaft) one in 2,000 births
Hypospadias (urethral opening between corona and tip of glans penis) one in 770 births
Total number of people whose bodies differ from standard male or female one in 100 births
Total number of people receiving surgery to "normalize" ------- appearance one or two in 1,000 births

#23 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-14 03:59 PM

#19 | Posted by Will123

That is interesting.

I don't hate you either.

But, if I was smart enough I would want to help you learn to deal with your obvious mental illness and help you become a better more compassionate person with less suffering and more happiness in your life.

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-14 04:03 PM

Facing Shortage, Army Allowing Bipolar Recruits

And those who aren't already insane, will have their brains broken intentionally in basic training. Same as it ever was.

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-14 04:50 PM

That's right 726, it was Trumps decision.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat

And trump is the result of 30 years of republican propaganda. Start fighting against that on all levels. Until decent republicans stand up for ethics and facts, the whole party gets the blame for everything that results from trump.

He's not just an anomaly. Yall MADE him possible.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-14 04:53 PM

Decrease the demand, problem solved.

#28 | Posted by hamburglar at 2017-11-14 10:44 PM

Decrease the demand, problem solved.

Can't... the unemployment numbers would skyrocket.

#29 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-14 10:54 PM

"And trump is the result of 30 years of republican propaganda."

With a year of Russian propaganda to tie a bow on it.

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-14 10:59 PM

When did pointing out the obvious become hatred?

#31 | Posted by boaz

When you didn't know how else to respond to the feelings that gay thoughts stir within you.

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-15 11:12 AM

So... long story short.. it's a medical issue.
It's going to be weird seeing the extinction of transgenderism in our lifetimes through gene editing.

#33 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG AT 2017-11-15 01:31 PM
I cannot wait for the day where alt-right/Nazi types (you know the ones that love Fox News, Breitbart, etc etc) to go extinct via gene editing. The world will be a much better place!

#34 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-11-15 04:59 PM

"self-mutilation," bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse are mild conditions compared to the homicidal maniacs running the Military.

#35 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-15 07:47 PM

That's right 726, it was Trumps decision.

#10 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-11-14 07:42 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Gearing up for war in Iran and NK means they need recruits no matter how bad they are.

You want to increase recruiting? Get out of needless endless wars.

#37 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-16 08:17 AM

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