(Pam from Pam's House Blend takes a closer look)--
The Army reports that it will enlist its 80,000th soldier this week, reaching its annual goal.Meanwhile qualified out gays and lesbians are being turned away (and arrested) from the recruiting centers.
Of course the goal has been met; it is recruiting people with antisocial personality disorder, autism, as well as welcoming in folks convicted of aggravated assault, robbery, vehicular manslaughter, receiving stolen property and making terrorist threats. (AP):...the Army this year began allowing people as old as 42 to enter the service; the maximum age previously was 35.You have to have a pattern of the above to be rejected. That's reassuring, isn't it?
The Army also has accepted a larger number of recruits whose score on a standardized aptitude test is at the lower end of the acceptable range, and it has granted waivers to permit the enlistment of people with criminal records that otherwise would disqualify them. The Army says it does not grant waivers if there is a pattern of criminal misconduct or for convictions of drug trafficking or any sexually violent crimes.
And in related news, look at what the National Guard lets in -- Former soldier accused of smuggling machine guns from Iraq.A former National Guard soldier from North Carolina is accused of bringing machine guns from Iraq to the United States and trying to sell them to a northwest Georgia gun dealer. Robert James Clymore of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was arraigned in federal court today on charges of unlawful importation, possession, transportation and transfer of machine guns.
U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Clymore obtained the guns while on active duty with his Army National Guard unit in Iraq.