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Report: medically unfit soldiers being shipped to Iraq

It makes you sick thinking that the Pentagon is grinding our troops down to the bone, broken and sick — and putting them back on the front lines. (Raw Story):

The U.S. Army is ordering soldiers at Fort Benning classified as “medically unfit to fight” to war in Iraq, Salon reports, asking aloud if it is an “isolated incident or a trend.”

“As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq,” writes Mark Benjamin for Salon, “a unit of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records.”

…One veterans activist expressed his concerns about the moves involving medically unfit troops and thinks that “the possibility that physical profiles may have been altered improperly has the makings of a scandal,” writes Benjamin.

Remember, this is the same Pentagon brass that is allowing branches to lower standards and recruit people with antisocial personality disorder, autism, and troll for recruits on MySpace.

Also welcomed into the fold, as they look for warm bodies, are folks convicted of aggravated assault, robbery, vehicular manslaughter, receiving stolen property and making terrorist threats. The number of convicted felons enlisted in the U.S. military has almost doubled in the past three years, and 43,977 individuals convicted of serious misdemeanors such as assault have enlisted under the moral waivers program. This is an outrage.

Oh yes — trained and ready, law-abiding gays and lesbians still need not apply.

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