Last October I was very surprised to find that the Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) had put up an information page for homeschooled graduates who were interested in enlisting in the Army. My surprise was because of the page’s URL: http://www.goarmy.com/hslda
The inclusion of a civilian business’s acronym in an official URL appeared to violate a long-standing policy held by the DoD prohibiting the appearance of endorsement. The policy was most prominent throughout my years of reading the overseas military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. I had long been conditioned to the standard policy as written in the newspaper’s disclaimer, an item that appeared in each issue, and is included in the paper’s web site.
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Yesterday, I was asked by email about the information at the USAREC page, and I typed the /hslda URL into the Address task bar on my computer screen to make sure I’d typed it correctly before I gave it to my email correspondent. When the page appeared on my screen, the URL was different: http://www.goarmy.com/homeschool/
Again, I was surprised, but this time it was with relief. “My Army” reverted to type. I was back where I knew what was going on.