11.7 percent of new recruits have a criminal history and we wonder why we are charging soldier’s with crimes in Iraq? Almost 12 of every 100 new recruits in the Army are law-breakers!
Does this scare you? It scares me, and one of my best friends is a civilian Army Recruiter – I know her job is tough. But can we really afford, as a country, to have 12% of our new troops be criminals? If not, how do we fix it? Sure, “Get out of the war” is an easy answer, but not a realistic one – not for a while. And what about the next war (yes, I’m afraid there will always be a “next one”).
I’m certainly not pro-draft – I have an 18 year old son who I hope never serves (I think my family has done way more than it’s fair share).
I don’t have any solutions here, but this new trend certainly doesn’t seem like a good one – at all!
While soldiers with criminal histories made up only 11.7 percent of the Army recruits in 2006, the spike in waivers raises concerns about whether the military is making too many exceptions to try to meet its recruitment demands in a time of war. Most felons, for example, are not permitted to carry firearms, and many criminals have at some point exhibited serious lapses in discipline and judgment, traits that are far from ideal on the battlefield.