Army has given more recruits a break, of late, by allowing otherwise qualified
(physically and mentally) applicants to enlist, despite having a police record.
These are called "moral waivers. In 2003, 4.6 percent of all recruits benefited
from this. Last year, it was 7.9 percent. Some journalists believed this would
lead to an increase in criminal activity on army bases, especially involving
young guys who were in gangs before they joined the military. That would make a
This turned out to be the
case. Last year, 16 of 10,000 criminal investigations were gang related. That's
up from ten in 2005, five in 2004 and four in 2003. Last year, there were 61
gang related incidents in 18 army bases. There are believed to be several
hundred soldiers who still maintain their gang affiliations. Not enough to be a
real problem, but enough to get your editor off your back.