Military Recruiters Caught On Tape Lying To Potential Enlistees
How hard is it for the military to recruit during wartime?
Apparently, hard enough that recruiters have to lie about the odds of a recruit winding up in Iraq, or about the ease with which someone can leave the military.
An undercover investigation by ABC News revealed some Army recruiters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut told students that if they enlisted, their chances of going to Iraq would be small.
In an exchange videotaped by a hidden camera, a student asked a recruiter, "Nobody is going over to Iraq anymore?" The reply: "No, we're bringing people back."
One recruiter told a student that just quitting the Army was an option if military service didn't suit the new recruit."It's called a `Failure to Adapt' discharge," the recruiter said. "It'll just be like it never happened."
Col. Robert Manning, in charge of Army recruiting for the Northeast, said both statements were lies.
"We are a nation and Army at war still," Manning said after seeing the ABC News tapes. "It's hard to believe some of the things [recruiters] are telling prospective applicants."
Manning said he hopes the actions caught on tape are the exception, not the norm.