TBT: The Brutal Truth

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

How Low Can You Go?

With the U.S. Army failing to reach their recruiting goals, a 17-year-old High School student decided to figure out how far the local recruiting center would go just to score one able body. The results are quite embarrassing:

McSwane contacted his local army recruiting office in Golden with a scenario he created. He told a recruiter that he was a dropout and didn't have a high school diploma.

"No problem," the recruiter explained. He suggested that McSwane create a fake diploma from a non-existent school.

McSwane recorded the recruiter saying that on the phone.

"It can be like Faith Hill Baptist School or something -- whatever you choose," the recruiter said.

As instructed, McSwane went on the computer to a Web site and for $200 arranged to have a phony diploma created that certified him as a graduate of Faith Hill Baptist High School, the very name the recruiter suggested. It came complete with a fake grade transcript.

"What was your reaction to them encouraging you to get a phony diploma?" CBS4's Rick Sallinger asked.

"I was shocked," McSwane said. "I'm sitting there looking at a poster that says 'Integrity, Honor, Respect' and he is telling me to lie."

Shame on the two recruiters for not only embarassing themselves, but embarassing the tax-payers, the U.S. Army, and their country. Kudos to McSwane and CBS 4's Rick Sallinger (along with DailyKos's Bill From Portland Maine for bringing this story to not only the public eye but to the eyes of Lt. Col. Jeff Brodeur.

After viewing the entire 8 minute video interview conducted with Mr. Brodeur, I'm confident that he will investigate this matter to the fullest extent and seek the proper form of discipline for these two recruiters for he is correct when he states that the U.S. Army can't afford to have recruiters who violate and undermine the values of the U.S. Army anymore than it can afford to have people who don't meet the physical, mental, and academic standards. Whether you're Democrat, Republican, Conservative, or Liberal, the bottom line is recruiting is a very serious and integral part of the military and the person being recruited gets their first impression of service immediately from the recruiter. The last thing anyone needs is to have recruiters give these prospectful enlistees the wrong impression of what service is. The cost is way too high.


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