But these days, drill sergeants must train more and more soldiers that the Army knows have troubled pasts.
"Past felonies, past medical problems, past mental problems, depression and stuff like that," Edison counts off.
Last year, one out of every five recruits needed a waiver exempting them from some rule that might have kept them out of the Army.
"They're taking anybody -- psychological problems or whatever," says John Mallard.
The TV station's reports have resulted in a call for a congressional investigation into the Army's recruiting practices.
From here you can link to each report in the station's series.
In related news, this just in from our friends at the Defense Department: starting today, the department will be blocking popular websites such as MySpace and YouTube as part of a policy to protect confidential information. Several news sources are reporting this, but here's a link to just one of the stories.
TPM is concerned that no one in the mainstream media has picked up on this very unflattering story about candidate Giuliani. Especially after all the ink spilled on John Edwards' hair. Oh well, they made typically snarky note of it.
Yep, smoking is bad. Yep, tobacco companies are not very nice. But this move by the MPAA--Motion Picture Ass. of America, the Hollywood studios' trade group--to take onscreen smoking into consideration when rating a film seems like, well, crap.
Turns out Chris Callaghan -- you know, the man in the bow-tie who ran for state comptroller against Alan Hevesi -- can do a lot more than crunch some numbers!
Check out this video from the Legislative Correspondents Association show May 5. The L.C.A. show is an annual event -- this year was year 107 -- is supposedly "the nation's longest-running political satire extravaganza," according to the New York Times.