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US Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Mental Health History Featured Human Rights 

US Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Mental Health History

United States (Sputnik) – People with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and self-mutilation are now able to obtain waivers in order to join the US Army, according to a report published by USA Today Sunday. Though waivers for recruits with a history of mental health issues were banned in 2009, the news outlet reported that the latest unannounced policy change had been enacted in August as officials began to face the challenge of recruiting 80,000 new service members by September 2018. This is the second year that the US military has lowered its standards in an attempt to reach new recruitment goals. In order to reach Read More

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Leading Ladies: First Woman Appointed to Command US Army Special Forces Unit Featured Women 

Leading Ladies: First Woman Appointed to Command US Army Special Forces Unit

Washington (Sputnik) — In a first event of a kind, a woman assumed command of the 3rd Special Forces Support Group Battalion, the US military announced. US Army Lt. Col. Megan Brodgen assumed command of the 3rd Special Forces Support Group Battalion, becoming the first woman to lead such Army unit, 3rd Special Forces Group commander Col. Bradley Moses said. “She [Brodgen] is without a doubt the right choice to assume command of this great unit,” Moses stated on Friday. Moses said Brodgen was chosen for her leadership abilities, not her gender, but the Army has only allowed women to serve in direct combat roles since 2016. The 3rd Special Forces Support Read More

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