Military doubled felony waivers for recruits in 2007.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report today that found “the number of soldiers admitted to the Army with felony records jumped from 249 in 2006 to 511 in 2007. And the number of Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350.” According to the House report, nine waivers “involved sex crimes and six involved manslaughter or vehicular homicide convictions.” Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has asked the Pentagon to explain the increase in conduct waivers.


The Pentagon also recently released figures showing that the number of Army recruits requiring a waiver doubled since 2004, not including waivers for sex abuse crimes or drug and alcohol abuse.

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