WASHINGTON (AP) -- A congressional committee says there has been
an increase in the number of felons being allowed into both the
Army and the Marines.
The data from the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee shows that the Army granted waivers to 511 felons last
year, more than double those allowed into the service in 2006. The
number of Marines with felonies went from just over 200 in 2006 to
350 in 2007.
Committee chairman Henry Waxman says the increase in recruits
with criminal records could be linked to what he calls "the strain
put on the military by the Iraq war."
The bulk of the felony convictions were for burglaries, other
thefts, and drug offenses. However, 9 of the recruits were found
guilty of sex crimes and 6 for manslaughter or vehicular homicide.
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