Sign On The Dotted Line

It’s supposed to be an all volunteer Army.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) – A recent high school graduate is accusing an Army recruiter of tricking him into enlisting once he changed his mind about joining the military.

Ryan Winter, 18, says the recruiter repeatedly assured him before he reported to duty this month in Davenport that he would simply have to head to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for a brief out-processing procedure.

“He said, ‘I’m going to be back by next week’,” said his mother, Laurie Kasmar. Instead, she received an emotional phone message June 13 from their son, saying he had been tricked into joining the Army.

The office of Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, told the family Friday that the Army has decided to give Winter a Chapter 11 general discharge and send him home in two to three weeks.

Ryan Winter’s family claims he was told if he did not sign final enlistment papers, he would be considered absent without leave, fined $50,000, face prison time and never find a decent job again.Sounds like some recruiter got a little jacked up to meet a quota and started omitting some facts. I don’t claim to know anything about the process so maybe someone can fill in the rest of the story.

In contrast: Many key military specialists discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

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