Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Some Mental Illnesses

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Members of the U.S. Army. (Photo/Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

November 14, 2017

OAN Newsroom

The Army lifts its ban on recruits with a history of mental illness.

The policy was enacted quietly in August, and allows those with bipolar disorder, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse to seek waivers to join the Army.

The decision came as the availability of medical records and other data increased, allowing army officials to better document applicants.

However, the number of waivers issued since the policy change remains unknown.

The decision to lift restrictions comes as the Army will likely miss its goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers by September 2018.