Despite appearances to the contrary (not much action here at the blog), I am continuing my research into the homeschool/military situation while the combined freight-trains of housekeeping and holidays bear down on me (15 cleaning days until Christmas). Here at NewsComm I seems to be short of staff, unless you count the cats, whose in-the-door, out-the-door activities (enabled by Yours Truly, who is bright enough to work those pesky doorknobs), keep my leg muscles from atrophying because of too much sit-down-time. Feline personal trainers — who knew?
In following webcrumbs this blue-sky Saturday morning, I found the following chart:
In the notes at the bottom, this document states categorically what I’ve assumed all along — the reason for the un-homeschooling-viewpoint of sorting and weighing recruits to best fit them into the military services’ version of pigeonholes, is bean-counting, not social discrimination.
- ** DoD benchmarks for recruit quality are at least 90% high school diploma graduates (HSDG), at least 60% scoring at or above the 50th percentile on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (Cat I-IIIA), and no more than 4% scoring below the 30th percentile on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (Cat IV). These levels were set based upon cost-effectiveness considerations. [my emphasis]
The need to enforce Homeschool NonDiscrimination upon the military services through legislation, is a waddling and quacking canard.
Recruiting tiers and categories are not set for socially negative purposes of discrimination, they are set to use your tax money and mine as cost-effectively as possible.
Surely we’re all in favor of a little government frugality?
Military enlistment was one place where, up until now, pork-barrel politics was ineffective. If Section 522 is written into law, that will change.
Is being chunks of slab bacon on the end of someone else’s toasting fork where homeschoolers want to be?