U.S. Army recruiters caught lying to potential enlistees.

Did you know that we’re no longer fighting a war in Iraq and that no new recruits should expect to be sent over there if they sign up? That’s what some recruiters have been claiming:

ABC News and New York affiliate WABC equipped students with hidden video cameras before they visited 10 Army recruitment offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“Nobody is going over to Iraq anymore?” one student asks a recruiter.

“No, we’re bringing people back,” he replies.

“We’re not at war. War ended a long time ago,” another recruiter says.

I suppose technically you could say the war did end quite awhile ago when Bush declared an end to the major combat missions, but most folks still consider the non-stop violence over there to be a war with some thinking it’s a civil war. Telling people they won’t be sent to Iraq, though, is flat out wrong. Helping them to forge documents in order to get in is just inexcusable:

Last year, the Army suspended recruiting nationwide to retrain recruiters following hundreds of allegations of improprieties.

One Colorado student taped a recruiting session posing as a drug-addicted dropout.

“You mean I’m not going to get in trouble?” the student asked.

The recruiters told him no, and helped him cheat to sign up.

I realize the army needs new recruits and I’m sure being totally honest about the fate of some of those recruits hinders more than it helps the process, but lying to people about it is reprehensible and indicative of the failure of Bush as the Commander in Chief.

7 thoughts on “U.S. Army recruiters caught lying to potential enlistees.

  1. It’s an outrage for sure that this still continues.  I would have thought changes would have been made after this happened.

    A couple excerpts:

    Jared didn’t know there was a war raging in Iraq until his parents told him last fall—shortly after a military recruiter stopped him outside a Portland strip mall and complimented his black Converse All-Stars.

    “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 had not only enlisted, but signed up for the Army’s most dangerous job: cavalry scout. He is scheduled to leave for basic training Aug. 16.

    Jared required extensive tutoring and accommodations to pass, but in June he will graduate alongside his younger stepbrother, Matthew Thorsen.

    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.

    […]

    “I said Jared, `What are you doing?’ `I’m taking the test’—he said the entrance test. I go, `Wait a minute.’ I said, `Who’s giving you the test?’ He said, `Corporal.’ I said, `Well let me talk to him.”’

    Brenda said she spoke to Cpl. Ronan Ansley and explained that Jared had a disability, autism, that could not be outgrown. She said Ansley told her he had been in special classes, too—for dyslexia.

    “I said, `Wait a minute, there’s a big difference between autism and your problem,”’ Brenda said.

  2. Recruiters are just like any other sales critter trying to put lipstick on a pig.  Recruiters have ridiculous quotas and the pool of enlistment age West Virginia mouth breathers is drying up. 

    The reserves were activated long ago, military members are working insane hours, leave is being canceled, tours are being involuntarily extended, and queers are being kicked out.  Unless the US abandons Iraq very soon, the US will need to instate a draft—possibly as soon after this election is over.  If they do instate a draft, it might be interesting to see how many draftees all of a sudden discover that they are gay.

  3. got a thing for Wiki

    If I’m just after some basic info it’s usually the first place to go to; opinions are elsewhere.  smile

  4. After reading the replies to this…I must ask a few questions.  First, how is it that a group of recruiters telling lies to possible recruits or undercover students reflect a failure of Bush as Commander In Chief?  Can you explain how you can make such a leap?  Second, one stupid generation after another stupid generation? Well, I don’t consider myself stupid, but apparently you consider yourself stupid, so why should anyone place any faith in anything you would write here?
    Next, I agree that to lie to these people is totally unacceptable, but you cannot categorize all recruiters based on a handful, that would be prejudging the entire recruiting service from all the Armed Forces. The morale of the troops is highly commendable and most people sitting in front of their computers would have no idea what these people are going through, how thoroughly they believe in what they are doing and their commitment to remain there…many (including myself) would never hesitate to go.  The military, unbelievable as this may seem to some, is capable of more…we are fighting basically three wars (Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea—which hasn’t actually ended).  We could easily go into another spot if required…maybe Iran next.  However, more than likely, we will just try to destabalize that country’s government through bombings just like they are doing in Iraq. Last thing…a draft is not necessary and will not be.

    in the same article…
    “It’s hard to believe some of things they are telling prospective applicants,” Manning said. “I still believe that this is the exception more than the norm. … I’ve visited many stations myself, and I know that we have many wonderful Americans serving in uniform as recruiters.”  This will get fixed…

  5. Jack: I don’t consider myself stupid, but apparently you consider yourself stupid, so why should anyone place any faith in anything you would write here?

    Maybe cos he’s nowhere near as stupid as are most people who don’t consider themselves stupid.

    many (including myself) would never hesitate to go

    So why haven’t you gone?
    Are you too old and therefore safe? … or
    Are you too young and therefore know nothing about life or fear, let alone war.
    If you’re too old you can dream about what a hero you coulda been if only …
    If you’re too young, fear not, your self-righteous True Believer™ bureaucrats will make sure you have a war to go to if you grow up; it will be in a hot and dry sandy place.

    we are fighting basically three wars (Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea—which hasn’t actually ended).

    Actually, there is not a war in Korea; it’s a sort of détente.
    War is where people are guaranteed to be killed regularly and without fail – similar to Iraq … but that’s not really a war either, it’s an occupation.
    Shrub told y’all you were victorious quite some time ago – I remember him landing on an aircraft carrier and his telling the world ‘it’s finished and we won’.
    And, as far as Afghanistan goes – only the Afghanis have ever won in Afghanistan – it has never been conquered (for long) and it never will be.
    You and your Jesus-humping leaders really have no idea what you’re up against.
    You, we, are up against people who die willingly; in fact they look forward to dying, preferably in battle.
    The promise of 72 virgins is quite an incentive to wankers without women.  wink
    They really do not give a damn how long it takes or what it costs to beat the infidel (that’s you and me).

    We could easily go into another spot if required…maybe Iran next.

    I’ve just decided that you’re young – early to mid-teens.
    Just one little question – are you really that stupid? I know you don’t think you are but, mate, it’s not looking good for you.
    I pray to god (I’m an atheist and I’m joking) Shrub doesn’t get another late night phone-call from god – this time ordering him to go Iran.
    I’d like to think more people would have the courage to say he was delusional.
    Are you aware of the subtle difference between these two places? Just cos they both begin with the letter ‘i’ and they’re Muslim, hot and sandy does not make them the same.
    You remember when you were told you were gonna invade Iraq and your soldiers would be greeted by ladies throwing flowers. Damn! Who knew that wouldn’t happen?  LOL Try, most of the world’s intellectuals, most of the Muslim world, most of Europe and China … fuck, that’s near half the planet.
    The subtle difference is that everyone knows (maybe not god … and therefore Shrub) no one in Iran is on your side.
    I won’t mention the dead soldiers – hell, you lose more on the roads every six months.

    Last thing…a draft is not necessary and will not be

    You may be right – while ever there are suckers, sorry, heroes like you willing to die for Big Oil you don’t need no draft. downer

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