Ex-Pot Smokers Get Pass to Enlist in Army

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Uncle Sam needs you -- even if you've smoked marijuana in the past, apparently.

In order to meet enlistment targets, the U.S. Army is spending an extra $200 million for signup bonuses this year -- but it's also using drug waivers to lure soldiers.

Recruiters have secured hundreds of waivers in recent years to forgive past drug use.

Critics of the move disagree with lowering standards, saying it’s not consistent with demanding or getting optimum vigilance from troops.

Two years ago, 19 percent of the waivers were for drug use. Now it's more than 30 percent. That's partly because of increased competition for recruits as the Army tries to add another 8,000 soldiers to the force by the end of the year.

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