Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has threatened to block Pentagon nominees until the Army briefs his panel on a newly relaxed recruiting policy that would allow those with mental health issues to serve, Inside Defense reported on Tuesday.
Under the new policy, which had previously gone unannounced, recruits with a history of self-mutilation who seek mental health waivers must provide the Army with medical records, documents from a psychiatric evaluation, and photos of their of their injuries "in order to provide a clear and meritorious case for why a waiver should be considered".
Army officials did not respond to USA Today's inquiry as to how many waivers - if any - have been issued since the change in policy.
The decision comes as the Army is struggling to meet a goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018.
Since this announcement came to light there have been psychiatrists speaking out about the potential dangers of expanding the waivers for mental health conditions - that can potentially resurface while in the Army. Today, more than ever, we need to be recruiting the most mentally and physically resilient recruits possible for our military.
"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. Newsweek reports that this ends an eight-year ban on the waivers that started after a spike in suicides in the Army.
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In most cases, waivers must be approved by a general officer, they said. "So I hope that we can get answers to the questions and I'm just not sure that if you take someone in who is doing these things, the cost over time is very, very, very high".
The Army may want you - even if you have a history of some mental health problems.
Simpson told The Daily Caller News Foundation that many mental health problems that are barely noticed in civilian life fully erupt in active service because of the stresses of the job.
"It is a red flag", she told USA Today. The year before, the Army recruited 0.06 precent from Category Four.
Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said the "primary" cause for the policy shift in August was increased access to medical records.
The Army has already been accepting people who fare poorly on aptitude tests.