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Monday, April 21, 2008

The US Army: Now with more sex offenders, child abusers, and crazy people.

posted by on April 21 at 13:45 PM

Some bad news, via the Guardian.

The US army doubled its use of “moral waivers” for enlisted soldiers last year to cope with the stress of the Iraq war, allowing convicted sex offenders, people convicted of making terrorist threats and child abusers into the military, according to new records released today.

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Good thing they didn't allow those GAYS in that thar military!!

*eye roll*

Posted by Non | April 21, 2008 1:48 PM

They allow know gangbangers in and then when they come back they use the tactics they learned out on the streets

Posted by Bud Dickman | April 21, 2008 1:52 PM

"You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight." Barry Goldwater

Posted by Gurldoggie | April 21, 2008 1:53 PM


Assuming the are able to come back, of course.

Besides, think of all the time saved in Basic - no need to teach teh Crips & Bloods et al how to field-strip a 9mm Glock (granted, not standard issue, but the Army has been considering some sort of update to the M-4 anyway - I think this would be the obvious choice given their "new" recruitment policy); and of course they've already got unit cohesion & discipline practices down pat, along with practice in use of silent hand-signaling.

Plus, they're all used to wearing some sort of uniform already, thus won't require much adjustment to that practice, either.

Posted by COMTE | April 21, 2008 2:03 PM

So now sex offenders and child abusers can go get blown up? I don't see this is as a bad thing.

Posted by unarata | April 21, 2008 2:03 PM

Better than the draft.

Posted by Cat in Chicago | April 21, 2008 2:27 PM


Even if they abuse Iraqis? Even if they abuse other soldiers? There's a reason the military usually keeps those people out.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 21, 2008 2:29 PM

And, come to think of it, the Tonton Macoutes were often recruited from the bat-shit-crazy, rapist, child abuser set. It's nice to know that the Bush administration doesn't give a fuck if our military devolves into that.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 21, 2008 2:30 PM

Well, apparently it doesn't matter what you stand long as you can stand and take a shot...

Posted by cunei4m | April 21, 2008 3:23 PM

@7 is right - one of the jobs of sergeants is to weed out the undesireables. They tend to go bat shit at the wrong moments, quite frankly. More of a hindrance than an asset.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 21, 2008 3:32 PM

cannon fodder is cannon fodder.

Posted by max solomon | April 21, 2008 3:50 PM

is a draft such a bad idea...switzerland has conscription and hasint had a war in age's

Posted by linus | April 21, 2008 3:56 PM

i saw this story posted elsewhere and they described it more as burglarers (sp?), thieves, drug offenders and arsonists, with only a few found guilty of sex crimes and vehicular manslaughter or homicide. reading the article from The Guardian also reflects this as well.

these felons are also more likely to drop out. (that's from the guardian.)

don't get your hopes up everyone.

Posted by feom | April 21, 2008 4:09 PM

@11 - they tend to create more problems over there too, which makes them a drag on internal resources for us.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 21, 2008 4:31 PM

I have no problem with these people going to die in Iraq. But war fucks up a person and if that person being mind fucked was already a nutcase to start then they come back an even bigger nutcase only now with PTSD and a working knowledge of weapons and a taste for killing.

Posted by monkey | April 21, 2008 6:10 PM

Holy fuck. Of all criminal convictions to waive to clear a path toward fighting them thar trrsts, making terrorist threats!?!? They should be able to arrest the new soldiers for treason pretty quickly though, eh?

Posted by California | April 21, 2008 7:08 PM

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