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DoD Official defends felony waivers
Last year the services recruited more than 181,000 new members, more than 36,000 of whom came in on some sort of waiver.
About one third of the new recruits were admitted with medical problems and the remainder were waived in despite past criminal activities -- including misdemeanors and some felonies, said Bill Carr, the Pentagon's deputy undersecretary for military personnel policy.
That means about one in five recruits have one waiver or another, Carr told military bloggers April 25.
The Pentagon took a public relations hit April 21 when a congressional committee released figures showing that the Army more than doubled the number of felons it admitted between 2006 and 2007 -- from 249 to 511. The Marine Corps' numbers also went up, though by a lower percentage, from 208 in 2006 to 350, or about 75 percent.
Burglaries, theft and drug offenses counted for most of the crimes for which the services granted waivers, though nine involved sex crimes and six others included manslaughter or vehicular homicide, according to the committee-released data.
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