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Nope; I was thinking of: moving out of NATO, Afghanistan and other US Empire delusional adventures.

Oh, and I agree that psychological tests for soldiers would do wonders to reduce the size of the US military.

by Bernard on Fri Mar 19th, 2010 at 04:06:44 PM EST
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What, and increase the unemployment rate?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 19th, 2010 at 04:34:58 PM EST
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Well, that would be a bit of a pickle... Oh well, throw'em in jail; this oughta do it... (the other Great American Unemployment Abatement Institution)
by Bernard on Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 04:47:54 AM EST
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We do have psychological tests for soldiers, specifically the MMPI (which most shrinks consider outdated).

I took it as well as my best friend, sleep deprived at 2 AM in the morning.  I mentioned my best friend because one of the questions was "do you like mannish women?".  He, feeling a little froggy, wrote in the margin instead of filling in the yes/no bubble, wrote, "I don't know, I've never been to the country of Mannish".  I found the reply hilarious, but he was called in to speak with the shrink about it for about two hours.

On a more serious note, I will say that Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, failed the MMPI and was therefore drummed out of the US Army Special Forces program.  I was already in SF at Ft. Bragg in 7th Group and did a couple of weeks support duty at the JFKSWCS selection program (the Special Forces selection program is based off of the Australian SAS and British Para selection programs - the US Army Delta Force selection program is based off of the British SAS selection process) at the time but didn't know about that until after the OKC bombing.

If he was allowed to complete SF training, the damage could have been much worse than it was.

So yes, the US military does rely on psych tests for its elite troopers, but it is too expensive for simple basic training like every other country.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Wed Mar 24th, 2010 at 06:00:12 AM EST
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I mentioned my best friend because one of the questions was "do you like mannish women?".  He, feeling a little froggy, wrote in the margin instead of filling in the yes/no bubble, wrote, "I don't know, I've never been to the country of Mannish".  I found the reply hilarious, but he was called in to speak with the shrink about it for about two hours.

Reminds me of how the physicist Richard Feynman was found psychologically unfit for military service in WWII...

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 24th, 2010 at 06:30:56 AM EST
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Didnt think it was till after the war (As he was busy with the bomb)

Myspance/Richard Feynman-    
Uncle Sam Doesn't Need You!

After the war the army was scraping the bottom of the barrel to get the guys for the occupation forces in Germany. Up until then the army deferred people for some reason other than physical first (I was deferred because I was working on the bomb), but now they reversed that and gave everybody a physical first.

   That summer I was working for Hans Bethe at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and I remember that I had to go some distance-I think it was to Albany - to take the physical.

   I get to the draft place, and I'm handed a lot of forms to fill out, and then I start going around to all these different booths. They check your vision at one, your hearing at another, they take your blood sample at another, and so forth.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Mar 24th, 2010 at 06:56:12 AM EST
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