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While the United States military finds it unconscionable that homosexuals serve, they don’t have any problems with persons with shady backgrounds. Shady backgrounds that include “aggravated assault, robbery, vehicular manslaughter, receiving stolen property and making terrorist threats.”

The waivers reflect a troublesome trend, said Charles Moskos, a military sociologist at Northwestern University.

“It shows you how the recruiting difficulties are getting worse,” he said. “They’re dropping the standards. It increases the likelihood of problems in the unit, discipline problems.”

“By and large these are flawed recruits,” said retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, who commanded the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, adding that the ripple effects of the waivers would be felt into the future when the recruits are up for promotion.

“Those getting waivers won’t be the sergeants we want.”

Army Accepting More Recruits With Criminal, Drug Histories | LATimes.com

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 7:11 pm

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