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Bush AWOL From National Guard

All of this information was culled from the military records that the White House made public in response to repeated claims that GWB was absent without leave from the Texas Air National Guard.
Bush was AWOL in 1972; Repeatedly misled press, public about Guard service

A four-month investigation conducted by a Philadelphia researcher and independently confirmed by RAW STORY finally proves that President George W. Bush did not successfully complete his service with the Texas Air National Guard.

The president’s own payroll records — recently released by the White House in an effort to discredit claims that the president had failed to meet Guard requirements — instead indicate that he was absent without leave (AWOL) in 1972, and should have been placed on active duty for nearly four months.

“If you don’t show up, you’re absent without leave, by definition,” said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics under Ronald Reagan from 1981-1985, Lawrence J. Korb. “You would be put on active duty and sent wherever they needed you.”

Korb examined Bush’s payroll records Monday. Asked if he thought Bush was AWOL, he said, “Based on these payroll records, unless he had permission, it would be.”

Bush could not have gotten permission, which he would have needed to get in advance, because he did not yet know of the months he was going to miss until May 1972. It not until May 1972 that he was offered a position to campaign in an Alabama Senate campaign – well after all the trainings that he might have applied.

Further, transferring credits from year to year is in violation of military law. It is also in violation of the Uniform Code of Airforce Policy, which states that duty must be served 15 days before or 30 days after the scheduled service date.

Korb added that President Bush should have been mandated to serve active duty if he missed even two months of service in a fiscal year — 24 months of active duty minus the amount of active duty already served.

For Bush, this would have amounted to 113 days. How this number was derived can be seen here.

White House deceived press, public

The White House’s chief spokesman said Bush attended enough training during other months to fulfill his service commitment for that year, contradicting President Bush’s statement to Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” that he in fact attended Guard drills during the 12 months beginning May 1972.

“I did report; otherwise, I wouldn’t have been honorably discharged,” Bush said.

“It just kind of amazes me that some will now say they want more information, after the payroll records and the point summaries have all been released to show that he met his requirements and to show that he fulfilled his duties,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said during his press briefing Feb. 10. “If I recall, some were using the comment, ‘deserter’ or ‘AWOL’… that is outrageous; it is baseless.”

In his briefing, McClellan repeated more than 25 times Bush fulfilled his duties or variations to that effect.

Both statements — that he attended or made up the missing months — are false.

Their assertion is based on “point summaries” that the Guard employs to calculate when a guardsman is eligible for retirement. Federal law, however, reveals that the White House’s statement is purposely misleading.

The points system is irrelevant of the fact that Bush never completed five months of duty.

An apt comparison would be if someone failed to show up for work for five months but had still been listed as an employee. They might get a year’s credit towards retirement, but they would certainly be in breach of their contractual agreement to show up.

Federal law mandates that a Guard officer miss no more than 10 percent of training sessions in a given fiscal year. In fiscal year 1973, which started July 1, 1972 and ran through June 30, 1973, Bush missed 25 percent of training sessions.

Bush was nearly drafted, but father was congressman

On May 27, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War when American casualties amounted to 350 men each week, Bush was just 12 days away from losing his student deferment from the draft. On that day – despite a long waiting list – he was miraculously accepted into the Texas Air National Guard.

The Air National Guard offered Bush a low-key alternative to the jungles of Vietnam. Guardsmen only had to serve one weekend a month, plus fifteen days of active duty each year.

“Bush had scored only 25 percent on a ‘pilot aptitude’ test, the lowest acceptable grade,” the Washington Post wrote in 1999, as part of a series of articles on the then-presidential candidate. “But his father was then a [U.S.] congressman from Houston, and the commanders of the Texas Guard clearly had an appreciation of politics.”

Former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes stated in a written deposition in September 1999 that then-Gov. George W. Bush was given a slot in the Guard at the request of a Bush family friend, Houston businessman Sid Adger, according to an article published Sept. 28, 1999 in the Dallas Morning News.

Source documents show proof

Bush’s payroll records — released by the White House in an effort to debunk charges that Bush hadn’t fulfilled his Guard service — show that the President missed five months of service in 1972. They further show that he did not complete these months at a later time, either in 1972 or 1973.

The full archive of research, conducted and and assembled by Paul Lukasiak, can be found at his website.

Each month, guardsmen were expected to earn four points — for the four hours of training they were expected to put in each month.

The records show that he earned no credit for attendance in April, May, June, July, August or September of 1973. They also demonstrate that the Guard credited him for other months he served in advance of months he planned to miss — such as 8 points in November 1972 for December of that year, and 12 points in January 1973 for February and March of 1973.

The images below are close-cropped to show the dates and the attendance points earned. You can see Bush’s full payroll record here. Click on the images below to see the full record for that year. Note that the 1972 payroll was generated before all credits were applied; it has been compiled from the original record.





He also served three months of service in July 1973, before departing for Harvard Business School. A fuller explanation of the missed months appears here.

Evidence that the Guard actively took part in fraud

Bush’s Guard records also show that as much as 60 percent of Bush’s substitute training sessions that he did attend were invalid under Air Force regulations because they were conducted more than 15 days in advance of his scheduled training. While a major story in and of itself, it provides evidence that the Air Force took an active role in giving a congressman’s son preferential treatment.

He was also paid for each of these invalid “makeup sessions,” according to the documents released by the White House.

On one weekend in 1972, and four weekends in 1973, according to documents released by the White House, Bush attended makeup training sessions for sessions he intended to miss. Each of those makeup sessions, credited for the days beginning 11/13/72, 1/06/73, 1/09/73, 7/16/73 and 7/18/73, were scheduled more than 15 days before the scheduled service date. Further documentation can be found here.

Under Air Force policy, all “substitute training” at the time had to be performed “within 15 days immediately before or 30 days immediately after the regularly scheduled (service date, a.k.a. UTA).”

Charges that Guard was lenient debunked

At the time Bush was serving in the Texas Air National Guard, former Secretary Korb was serving in the Naval Reserve, the Navy’s equivalent of the National Guard, where he served from 1966 to 1985. He dismisses suggestions that the Guard was being lenient about service at the time.

“At that time they were very strict about fulfilling their obligations — and we don’t like to say it — because this was a way to avoid the draft and going to Vietnam.”

He was unable to examine Bush’s payroll records at his home on Friday, but is expected to formally confirm that Bush had failed to complete his required duty in 1972, therefore rendering him AWOL, at his office Monday.

Korb currently serves as a Senior Analyst at the Center for Defense Information and a Senior Fellow at the progressive thinktank, the Center for American Progress.

He has written more than 100 editorials in major publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and has appeared more than a thousand times as a commentator on television on shows such as Larry King Live, Good Morning America and The O’Reilly Factor.

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Further, the Air Force tried to dishonorably discharge Bush after he was discovered AWOL:
MORE: Air Force tried to discharge Bush after discovering he was AWOL

New research confirmed by RAW STORY and verified with federal law and military regulations, indicates that in late 1973 or early 1974, the United States Air Force, which supervises and whose jurisdiction supercedes the Air National Guard, attempted to discharge then-Lieutenant George W. Bush.

Effective September 15, 1973, four years into Bush’s six-year duty requirement, the Air Force placed Bush on inactive status. This document, in Bush’s military record, was dated January 30, 1974, suggesting that it was backdated.



As he was signed up to fulfill a military service requirement, the only reason the military would have placed him on inactive status was if they intended “complete severance of military status.” You can see the full policy in PDF here.



In order for him to be placed on inactive status, then, the military would have planned to discharge him – and not honorably.

Like with many regulations in the military, there are, of course, exceptions. Lieutenant Bush could have told the Air Force he intended to become a clergyman. He could have informed them he was disabled, or he could have been dead. He could also have been court-martialed.

But aside from those options – none of which he fit – the only reason Bush would have been placed on inactive status was if the military had found him to be absent for three months – precisely the number of months Bush had been AWOL from in fiscal year 1973.



Thus, the military knew Bush had been absent without leave, and attempted to discharge him.

The National Guard, which said they would only take questions by e-mail, did not respond to questions received Monday. When a follow-up call was placed Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman said they had received the email but they still hadn’t gotten around to it. They also stated that they have five people in their office, and are understaffed.

Some have noted that officers could request to be placed on inactive status. This was not true of guardsmen with a military obligations, or “obligors,” such as Bush.

Others note, correctly, that he began Harvard Business School in the fall of 1973. But he wouldn’t have been placed on inactive duty for this – he’d simply have been transferred into another unit to complete the rest of his required service.

He had 60 days from the date he received his Texas Guard discharge, postmarked October 16, 1973 to find another unit. At the end of this period the wheels would have started turning at the Air Force. A more complete explanation is available here.

Forensic research suggests that Bush was then set for priority induction into the Selective Service system (the draft). His name would have come up before his local draft board in Houston, Texas, just months after his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, had been named head of the Republican National Committee.

Shortly thereafter, Bush acquired a new post – executive officer – for which he was not qualified. He served no further duty.

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George Bush has painted himself as a military man, as a patriot, and has repeatedly denied that he was AWOL from his Guard duty. When you also see that his name was bumped to the top of the list for the Air National Guard, at a time when there were over 10,000 men on the year-long waiting list, at a time of active conscription... it raises serious concerns about his credibility and his integrity.
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... AND THEN?
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
... AND THEN?
NO AND THEN!
Old 08-04-04, 12:20 AM
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he lies, so it's no surprise. I don't really care what he did in the 70s... politicians should just do a press release when they decide to run and air all their dirty laundry right away so it gets buzzed over for awhile and then forgotten by the time they start campaigning.
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So do I vote for the guy who scratched himself 3 times and got 3 purple hearts to get out of the military but enlisted and reenacted fight scenes to one day help his political career......OR

Do i vote for the guy who used influence and power from his father to get a cushy job to avoid going to 'Nam because one day he would be needed to find an excuse to get a pipeline through Afghanistan and is in bed with the Saudis as evidenced by the fact that they got out of the US after 9/11 (which was masterminded by the Jews) before the skies were open.

What's a wacko to do?
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ah yes....the glorious day when we finally find out for real why in all this time they couldn't find one single person to come forward and vouch for his attendance....not one.

Because the bastard wasn't there. period. Glad to see someone had the gumption to finally follow through on the available documents.

How exactly do you suppose Bush's supporters will respond to this? Probably with more of Bush's own fantastic defense: I was honorably discharged, which proves I fulfilled my service. No - it proves that your daddy could get you out, just like he got you in.
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I didn't read this, but...

Anybody whose vote has changed please post here and let us know which way it has changed.
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Originally posted by brizz
Probably with more of Bush's own fantastic defense: I was honorably discharged, which proves I fulfilled my service.
Honestly now, is that any different than the "I got a purple heart, which proves I deserved it."?

Not saying either or both have merit, but I don't think with all the wako conspiracies around, this is an issue either should try to run on.
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ah yes....the glorious day when we finally find out for real why in all this time they couldn't find one single person to come forward and vouch for his attendance....not one.

Because the bastard wasn't there. period. Glad to see someone had the gumption to finally follow through on the available documents.

How exactly do you suppose Bush's supporters will respond to this? Probably with more of Bush's own fantastic defense: I was honorably discharged, which proves I fulfilled my service. No - it proves that your daddy could get you out, just like he got you in.
I'll respond to it like I respond to Kerry's purple hearts:

I DONT F***ING CARE.
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I wonder why Paul Lukasiak was the first to seemingly confirm the leftist hopes about this story?

I'm shocked he took a break about "analyzing" the 2000 election in which he believed Bush "stole" the election.

Hitch your hopes to his star.

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Look people, whether or not Kerry or Bush did any time in the military is a non-issue. The Prez has people around him who make military decisions.

Now, let's talk about if Kerry or Bush can keep us happy with sound choices made to help us keep our hard earned money, to keep Al Queda from hitting us again, and etc.
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Wow did they ever blow it... this shouldn't have come out for another 2-3 months in order to have any real impact on the election. By then it'll all be but forgotten Assuming anyone would really care about it in the first place
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or at least after the convention
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You can read all about it in his upcoming book

"One Term Bush - Part Deux"
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Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
You can read all about it in his upcoming book

"One Term Bush - Part Deux"
When you wish upon a star.....
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Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
You can read all about it in his upcoming book

"One Term Bush - Part Deux"
You retard
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I have proof he wasn't AWOL, just check this article out:
In one respect, Bush's skeptics are right: Bush never did report to the Alabama Air National Guard. He may not even know where its barracks were. That's because during the period in question, Bush was serving his country elsewhere, in a clandestine military unit: the Special Undercover Missions Service (SUMS), an elite air-force agency specializing in national security and acts of espionage. Created by the Eisenhower administration in 1958 to respond to growing concerns about aerial reconnaissance by the Soviet Union, SUMS operated for twenty-one years in a shroud of secrecy. There is no offcial record of the organization; SUMS is said to have been terminated by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
That should prove it once and for all!*











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I couldn't decide whether this was a poor, unfunny attempt at an Onion-type article or just a really long stupid one.
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Originally posted by brizz

How exactly do you suppose Bush's supporters will respond to this?
Um... I don't care?
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How exactly do you suppose Bush's supporters will respond to this?
W/ 4 years in office now this is a minor issue that will probably only matter to a few people. It might have made a difference in the 00 election but there's so much more to draw upon now when deciding whether or not to vote for Bush this time IMHO it's a nonissue at this point.
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IMO, the reaction of the voters will be exactly the same as the reaction of the voters in 1996 when the full extent of Clinton's attempts to avoid the draft became apparent - no appreciable reaction.

The issue the voters will care about (the swing voters - not the partisans) how he has performed as CIC during the 4 years.

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