More convicted felons allowed to enlist in Army, Marines

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    The percentage of the total is still extremely small, but none the less I would prefer we didn't have to dip this low.

    I wonder if there are any stats on how these kids do overall? If you had trouble adapting to the laws on the outside, how do you do once you are in the military?

    At least they would know how to shoot already.:rofl:
     
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    Well you never know, military service might "turn" them around. I'm sure it's happened before. I know you've heard of judges giving deliquents/criminals the option of going to jail or joining the military. I'm not sure if I'd let a serial killer in the military, but depending on the felony, it may be a good thing to instill self-control, discipline, and a bit of civic-pride and responsibilty in them.
     
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    Speaking of shooting. There have been reports that soldiers have gotten on to a fire-range and exceeded expectations, achieving marksmanship. Many have never fired a weapon in their lives....a vast majority of them admit to playing first-person shooter games.
     
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    And don't discount the military need for cannon fodder. :cool:
     
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    I have worked with felons, as a student, a defense attorney and a prosecutor. They are not the people you would want to rely on at work. Especially if your work can get you killed.

    Some can be turned around, but the significance is that acceptance rates are going up to meet recruitment goals. No wonder the "trend that has raised concerns both within the military and on Capitol Hill".

    As for those convicted of burglaries, sex crimes, aggravated assault and robbery, I am not willing to risk the lives of other soldiers to give them a second chance.
     
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    I really doubt the military will take those felons. They typically don't even take young men with felonies as juveniles; and they are particularly adverse to accepting person-to-person criminals.


    The military has always been a place where criminals can turn their lives around. They used to recruit kids from juvenile detention centers, and during the civil war inmates were allowed to join as well.

    It's nothing new at all.
     
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    Under pressure to meet combat needs

    I seem to recall our conservative brethren insisting that enlistment was indicative of the support for this war..


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    Just because re-upping and enlistment numbers are up doesn't mean they're up enough.

    Besides, what's the source of that information? I see a date line, but no credits.
     
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    uh huh.


    stop loss policies probably aren't indicative either.
     
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    Not really. Business as usual.
     

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