The Associated Press looks on the bright side:
WASHINGTON — Soldiers who need special waivers to get into the Army because of bad behavior go AWOL more often and face more courts-martial. But they also get promoted faster and re-enlist at a higher rate, according to an internal military study obtained by The Associated Press.
The Army study late last year concluded that taking a chance on a well-screened applicant with a criminal, bad driving or drug record usually pays off. And both the Army and the Marines have been bringing in more recruits with blemished records.
This will come as no surprise to those who have studied Percival Christopher Wren’s seminal works on the subject of criminal recruitment. The novice may profitably begin with Beau Geste, Soldiers of Misfortune, and Flawed Blades: Tales from the Foreign Legion.