Army cancels plans to issue mental health waivers

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WASHINGTON (KWCH) Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announced on Wednesday that the Army has rescinded a September memo stating that people with severe mental health issues, including self-mutilation, would be eligible for waivers to join the service.

The decision comes after an article published Sunday by USA Today which highlighted how the person who authorized the policy change was actually not authorized to do so.

Army officials previously announced it was offering more sign on bonuses and willing to forgive recruits past marijuana use.

These changes by the army are an attempt to recruit 80,000 new recruits by September 2018.