July 11, 2008

Suspect soldiers: Did crimes in U.S. foretell violence in Iraq?

From 2003 to 2007, the percentage of Army recruits receiving so-called "moral conduct" waivers more than doubled, from 4.6 percent to 11.2 percent, as the U.S. military desperately sought to fill the demand for troops to send to Iraq. How that increase has affected the military is open to debate. But an examination of civilian and military records show that many soldiers and Marines involved in controversial incidents in Iraq had histories that should have made recruiters suspicious of how they would perform in the military.

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