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An Army of one wrong recruit:The Oregonian

May 8, 2006

Steve points to this article about an horrific incident (I HOPE its an isolated one) the Army recruited an autistic kid. (Don’t forget to come back here, as I wander a bit on this topic, and read Steve’s post) I also heard on TWiT.tv podcast about there being indignation over Al Qaeda using video games to train the members, is it solely the DOD who can use games to recruit gullible youngsters, whether they’re disabled or not??? Hypocrites!! I’m sick of it.
And now, we return you to our original post. 🙂

Autism – The signing of a disabled Portland man despite warnings reflects problems nationally for military enlistment

“When Jared first started talking about joining the Army, I thought, ‘Well, that isn’t going to happen,’ ” said Paul Guinther, Jared’s father. “I told my wife not to worry about it. They’re not going to take anybody in the service who’s autistic.”

But they did. Last month, Jared came home with papers showing that he not only had enlisted, but also had signed up for the Army’s most dangerous job: cavalry scout. He is scheduled to leave for basic training Aug. 16.

Officials are now investigating whether recruiters at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Southeast Portland improperly concealed Jared’s disability, which should have made him ineligible for service.
[How much pressure are the local recruiters under to get numbers? Cause that’s all it is to the civilian command of the military.]
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Last fall, Jared began talking about joining the military after a recruiter stopped him on his way home from school and offered a $4,000 signing bonus, $67,000 for college and more buddies than he could count.

Go read the rest, its appalling. And one of many reasons, I am on the waiting list for my county’s draft board, because I do feel a draft…. (not as a result of global warming, either)

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