Over at Daryl’s place, Mr. Somerville has said he doesn’t want anyone to feel blindsided by “what happens” concerning legislation to allow homeschool grads to enlist without having to take a GED or get 15 credit hours at the college level. Concerning the Army, though, there doesn’t need to be a GED or 15 credit hours if the homeschool program meets the Army’s requirements. I got it straight from the recruiter when I drove over today and sat in his office. (no, I didn’t enlist, but I sure felt a yearning) There is also the DoD memorandum from January 2005 that says the same thing.
Despite these methods of enlisting, why didn’t HSLDA announce the introduction of Section 522? When the two NonDiscrimination (HONDA) bills were introduced, HSLDA announced them both at their web site. But not a peep was heard when Section 522 was introduced, the same day that Harriet Meiers was nominated to the Supreme Court. Sections of the Defense Authorization Act generally don’t make the news anyhow, but that day they were certain to be overshadowed by the Supreme Court nomination.
It wasn’t until a spot-check of Thomas by HEM’s Mary Nix on the weekend after Thanksgiving that anyone outside of HSLDA knew about Section 522. Mary found Section 522 deep in the 756 page National Defense Authorization Act. If the Act hadn’t been held up by differences of opinion between the House and the Senate, and if Mary hadn’t done that check, the homeschooling community would have found out about Section 522 only after it was signed into law.
So how is that not blindsiding?