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A few good men… and also some felons

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Bad news, reported by Matthew Blake for the Washington Independent:

The need for boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan has apparently resulted in a significant jump in the number of soldiers serving with felony records. In the past two years, the military has exponentially increased the number of “personnel waivers” it normally approves, allowing those who normally couldn’t enlist because of criminal backgrounds to join up.

The house oversight committee obtained documents today showing that between 2006 and 2007 Army-issued personnel waivers went from 249 to 511. Marine-issued waivers jumped from 208 to 350. These include 87 enlistees who have been convicted of aggravated assault, of which nine were also convicted of a sexual assault.

The trend is almost certainly due to the 170,000 troops the U.S. committed to Iraq during the surge, along with 31,000 troops in Afghanistan. Both numbers are record-high troop levels. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the number of troops in Iraq has put on an unsustainable strain on the U.S. military. President Bush and General Petreaus aren’t following Gate’s orders for a quicker drawdown. But the stats would seem to boost the argument that the army is making unreasonable compromises.

Written by Leisureguy

22 April 2008 at 12:13 pm

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  1. The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world. Keeping those prisoners housed, clothed, and fed, and from killing one another, is costly, and what is the country getting in return? Since the American military is now accepting more and more felons as recruits, and still is having difficulty meeting recruiting quotas, why not send recruiters to American prisons? I’m certain that there are many felons who would welcome the opportunity to get out of prison and into uniform and then on to Iraq or Afghanistan (and maybe even Iran), where they could bravely serve their country in the war against that abstract noun, terrorism. After all, they are already considered by society to be expendable, so why not get some use out of them? Put them in a special uniform so that everyone would know that they are what they are, spread the word among the ‘enemy’, and the U.S. could have its own terror corps striking fear into the hearts of any who would oppose the U.S. Great idea, don’t you agree?

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    Jack

    23 April 2008 at 10:48 am

  2. A modest proposal worth recounting to many.

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    LeisureGuy

    23 April 2008 at 10:51 am


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