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Army discharge stats suggest that wartime breeds a new attitude toward soldiers who are 'different'

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Bleu Copas, 24, was discharged from the army in 2006 because he was gay, but his treatment has become rare in the years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Courtesy of Bleu Copas)

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Recently obtained figures on Army discharges indicate that, since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army's dismissal rates for previously high-risk groups like homosexuals, the weight-challenged, and those with substance issues have decreased dramatically. Is it a new era of liberal politics in the military or is it just desperation for man-power?


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