Next, the U.S. Army is on a mission to recruit 80,000 new soldiers by next year. It's easier said than done. Many people don't meet the military's requirements to join.
Weight, age, drug use, medical conditions, criminal records, they can all keep someone out. But in some cases, the Army offers waivers that will allow someone to serve even if he or she doesn't meet all the requirements.
And according to a recent report by "USA Today", an Army policy that went into effect in August could open the branches' doors wider. Specifically, people who've hurt themselves, who've used certain drugs or who've been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder can now apply for waivers.
The Army says it has not changed its medical entrance standards for people with mental health issues. But critics say expanding the waivers it offers could come with certain risks.