Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The military and homeschoolers

The post below was first created around the 12th of May, when Blogger went off line.  It kept being thrown back into draft mode.  So finally I deleted and I am now reposting it.  Hopefully Blogger won't keep tossing this post back into draft mode.

Cyber-school students: Pentagon snubs our service is an article about how the military will only take 10% of recruits from a non-traditional high school. 

The armed services has a policy of limiting those they accept from non-traditional high schools.  I guess this makes sense for alternative high schools which often graduate those who can't read or write, but it makes no sense for those who are homeschooled or graduate from online schools, because homeschoolers have a much better education that those in government schools.

The article starts:

Students graduating from the growing ranks of online high schools are running into a hurdle if their goal is to join the military: The Pentagon doesn't want many recruits with non-traditional diplomas.

Many would-be soldiers like Ryker Packard, 17, of Fassett, Pa., say they weren't aware the armed services have a policy of not taking more than 10 percent of recruits with a non-traditional high school diploma. Critics, including some in Congress, say the military is behind the times and point to the growth on online teaching and testing at all levels of education, including college degrees.

"It just grinds my gears," said Packard, who wants to become an Army diesel mechanic after graduating from Pennsylvania's Agora Cyber Charter School in June.

Packard said his conversation with an Army recruiter came to a brusque end after he told him he was due to graduate from a virtual school. "He just wouldn't talk to me," said Packard.

Hat tip: Spunky via Facebook


Croppermom said...

Very interesting, I did not know that. My nephew is in the military. My 10 year old has said a time or 2 she would like to join the military. Not really sure how serious she is at this point in life. But She deserves the opportunity!

Henry Cate said...

In looking into this a little more there does seem to be several ways for homeschoolers to get into the military. We might just have to jump through an extra hoop.