Policy Snubs Alternative Diploma Military Recruits

Right now the U.S. Military is only accepting ten percent of recruits who have a home school or online High School diploma.  This strict policy keeping potential soldiers off the front-lines could soon change after The House Armed Services Committee in Washington D.C. takes a look at the policy this week.

Rick Griffin, an air force pilot for 20 years and now stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base was glad to hear the news.  Being an active member of the military himself, one of the main reasons for choosing to home school his children was because of the air force.  Over the years of moving from city to city, he wanted to give his children some kind of consistency in schooling.

Rick says that especially in the military there are many families who home school because it is a way to give their children consistency through each place that they move to.  Rick says his children do not have to adjust to new teachers and new styles.

Also placing a larger responsibility on Rick and his wife because now they have become not only parents but, their children's teachers, principals, and counselors. They have been home schooling their children for many years and are very pleased with the outcome.

Rick adds, "In the home school environment your children are actually better socialized in some instances then students in public schools.  In public schools your children only socialize with all their peers just their age level, in the home school environment they just don't get to know their peers, they get comfortable talking to adults and younger children."

As an active member of the military he finds it difficult to believe that non-public students would be discriminated against when enrolling in the military.  He says his daughter, now a in the 12th grade was a strong academic candidate for the air force even with her home school credits.

Today Newschannel 6 reached out to Congressman Mac Thornberry on the issue.  Thornberry says, "As long as you meet the state requirements, there should be no cap or no limit on particular kinds of students that are either in home school or received High School diplomas through taking on-line courses."

If Congress does decide to make changes to the Pentagon's policy this week there would be several more steps before it becomes a law.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6