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 Post subject: Army recruiter threatened teen with jail for not enlisting
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:39 pm 
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Army recruiter threatened teen with jail for not enlisting

An army recruiter in Houston has been lying to high school students about their obligations under a non-binding military "delayed entry program" and even threatening them with jail if they don't follow through and enlist.

Eighteen year old Irving Gonzales told KHOU 11 News in Houston that as a high school senior he started thinking about enlisting in the Army as a way of helping out his family financially and signed up for the program. But when he told the recruiter, Sgt. Glenn Marquette, that he'd changed his mind and "I'd rather just stay here, go to college," Marquette insisted that Gonzales couldn't get out because "you signed a binding contract."

Accourding to KHOU reporter Mark Greenblatt, Army recruiting regulations state that "delayed entry members can leave any time" and "under no circumstances can a recruiter threaten or intimidate future soldiers."

In an audio recording played by KHOU, Gonzales went on to ask, "What if I just don't show up?"

Marquette replied, "Then guess what? You're AWOL. ... You want to go to school? You will not get no loans. ... As soon as you get pulled over for a speeding ticket ... they're going to see that you're a deserter. Then they're going to apprehend you, take you to jail."

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