The series "Suspect Soldiers" (July 13-16, Page A-1) took me back to 1974 and my U.S. Marine Corps service and how easy it was for a qualified Marine to do a great job and stay out of trouble, but how equally easy it was to do a bad job and get in trouble.
The standards were plenty strict then but got stricter over time. Draftees were every bit as honorable as those today.
Among those serving honorably, some had squeaky clean backgrounds while some had bad backgrounds. Among those serving dishonorably, some had bad backgrounds but some had clean backgrounds! It's the business of killing people. I support the idea of giving Americans with bad backgrounds a fair chance to serve in our armed forces.
PAUL DENNIS MARTINEZ
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