US Army lifts ban on recruits with mental health history

US Army lifts ban on recruits with mental health history

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) says he remains troubled by the lack of communication coming from the Trump administration and is threatening to block Pentagon nominees until he is briefed by the Army on a newly relaxed recruiting policy that would allow individuals with mental health issues to serve.

"Few people would argue that military life is stressful, and can expose any weakness in a person's mental armor", Simpson said.

Rather, Seamands noted that the Army Recruiting Command, instead of Army headquarters, will now grant waivers in certain cases to those with a history of self-mutilation and other mental health issues.

The Army has not disclosed how many waivers have been issued since the policy was enacted.

The real issue for me is the ability of the US armed forces to offer those with mental-health issues real support-medical and otherwise-especially in light of what soldiers face, either those with diagnoses before they enter the armed forces or those who develop mental-health conditions after.

"In a military environment, these and other behaviors have been disqualifying, due to negative consequences for morale and readiness, plus elevated tensions and risks for everyone", Donnelly said. What this reflects is a desperation for more recruits, meaning that the number of qualified recruits applying to join the Army is clearly declining.

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"Recent reports that the Army has changed medical entrance standards for those with mental health issues are inaccurate", Seamands wrote, according to Army Times. "There's always a balance when you need troops".

The new rules green-light recruits who have bipolar disorder, depression and issues with cutting - a process in which a person takes a knife or razor to his or her own skin - along with those who bite, hit or bruise themselves intentionally.

Worse still, mental health problems could present themselves at inopportune times, such as during a combat deployment, she said.

Self-mutilation is typically a form of self-punishment and not an attempt at suicide, said Morgan, who regularly works with servicemembers.

The Army has already been accepting people who fare poorly on aptitude tests.

Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said the "primary" cause for the policy shift in August was increased access to medical records. "Self-mutilation is something that comes home to roost". I hope we can get answers to questions. But people who were waived for ADHD did just fine.

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