Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Good news (a follow-up to this post):

An 18-year-old Portland man with autism, whose recruitment renewed questions about Army practices, was released Tuesday from his enlistment contract.

Jared Guinther signed up for one of the Army's most dangerous jobs, cavalry scout, after being heavily recruited. He passed medical and other examinations. He was scheduled to leave for basic training in August.

The Army announced Tuesday that it decided he didn't meet enrollment criteria, two days after The Oregonian newspaper reported his parents' objections....

Guinther started talking about joining the military after a recruiter stopped him and offered him a $4,000 signing bonus and $67,000 for college, his parents say. His parents said he didn’t know there was a war in Iraq until last fall, shortly after he spoke with a recruiter, and asked them about it....

This was an outrage; kudos to The Oregonian for getting the wrong righted.

Oh, and:

In response to the Guinther case, Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon called on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to conduct a broad investigation into military recruitment practices and abuses.

Don't hold your breath, Congressman.

(Via DU.)

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