By Tom Vanden Brook

April 26, 2018

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WASHINGTON - The Army issued waivers over 13 months to more than 1,000

recruits who had been diagnosed and treated for mood disorders and 95 more

for self-mutilation, according to data obtained by USA TODAY.



The acceptance of new soldiers with a history of serious behavioral health

issues, some of which can be lifelong challenges, came as the Army struggled

to meet its recruiting goals. The time period ran from Oct. 1, 2016, through

Oct. 31, 2017.