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Do we need recruits this badly?

November 14, 2017

Has the Army lost it’s ever-lovin’ mind?

One of the more salient features of the Bergdahl matter (or was it an investigation?) was the revelation that he was probably mentally unfit to serve and should have washed out in basic.

So with that sterling example in mind, the Army has now decided it will take some people with diagnosed mental health challenges such as bi-polar disorder and self-mutilation (thought by some mental health providers to be a symptom of suicidal tendencies.)

Supposedly, this change is because the Army isn’t able to meet it’s recruiting goals, at least partially because many recruits can’t pass the physical fitness requirements.

So the answer to that should be to accept the mentally unfit?

Serving in the armed forces, especially in combat, never leaves the veterans unscathed.

Sometimes the effect is good, giving the aimless a sense of purpose and a place to belong.

Far more often the effect is less efficacious.  Being shot at and shooting back on a regular basis isn’t something we are born wanting to do.

Luckily for most of us, there are people who accept the risks and keep the rest of us from having to experience that reality in our living rooms.

Ask ANY combat veteran, and you’ll learn that when the chips are down, the only people you can count on are the people in the metaphorical foxhole with you. Those are the people you will willingly lay your life on the line to protect, because you know they’ll do the same for you.

What happens when that person next to you  is having a manic moment because he or she is off their meds?

The Army says it only grants waivers for these conditions after having carefully reviewed the applicant’s medical records. That didn’t seem to work out well in the case of the Texas shooter or Bergdahl.

After reading the story that exposed this new policy, one veteran said,

“This is just more PC bullshit. Serving isn’t the same as having a desk job or driving a bus.  Listen, I don’t think people should be ostracized because they have a problem, but why put them in an environment where they are set up to fail? What about the people who depend on them for their very lives? This decision is wrong on every level. If that means I am stereotyping them, tough shit.”

The reason given for this change is a drop in recruitment numbers. Unfortunately, given the way children are raised now, the problem of finding enough volunteers may only get worse.

There are no safe spaces on a battlefield.

That may well lead to a resumption of the draft. If that happens, you can bet that the Canadians may well become proponents of a wall of their own.  Between 20,000 and 30,000 young men hopped our northern border in the 1960’s, and given our cream-puff culture today it might be a lot worse in the future.

It’s one thing if a nation can’t defend itself.  It’s quite another when it doesn’t even want to.

From → op-ed

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