Judges have been given the go ahead to give defendents receiving more than 100 hours of community service the option of being shipped to Iraq to complete their sentence. Other charges and fines may also be dropped or greatly reduced.
Some convicted criminals have already had old charges expunged for enlisting in the military, according to an ACLU report.
"The War on Terror has forced the military to change its position on who may serve," said an Army recruiter.
"We've greatly expanded our recruiting net, even increasing the maxiumum age of enlistment. The paintball point of entry has been a huge success.
"But we are still in need of live bodies, and dipping into the court system was the next logical step," he said. "A lot of people want to serve their country but don't realize they actually can."
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