The morning after Veterans Day, USA Today published an investigation that rippled through the Army community: This August, for the first time since soldier suicides spiked in 2009, the service began offering waivers to recruits with histories of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, and “self-mutilating” behaviors like cutting — conditions that previously disqualified would-be enlistees.

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A former Marine and congressman has pledged to oppose a congressional waiver for retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of Defense. Following President-Elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he selected Mattis to head the Defense Department, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona’s 7th District issued a statement on Dec. 5 pledging to oppose the waiver.

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