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The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016 .Army data show more than 8,000 recruits received waivers in 2017, compared with about 6,700 last year.In total, the Army enlisted almost 69,000 recruits this year, close to 6,000 more than last year.In an interview with the Associated Press, Snow said he went to his Army leadership early this year to ask if he could bring in more of the category four recruits to meet higher enlistment goals. He said he promised that the Army would stay well below a 4 percent limit on the group allowed by the Pentagon.At the time, the Army brought more recruits in with criminal records and misconduct waivers.Milley and Snow insist that won't happen again.So while the Army increased the number of former drug users or recruits with lower scores than in previous years, the service still stayed below the maximum levels authorized by the Pentagon.In the current fiscal year, the Army must recruit 80,000 people.
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