Military Reviewing Limits on Home School Recruits

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The Home School Legal Defense Association is urging U.S. military officials to adjust the Armed Forces recruiting policy permanently so that more home schoolers can enlist.

Currently, no more than 10 percent of recruits with a non-traditional high school diploma can join the military.

Since 1998, HSLDA has been working with Congress and the Department of Defense to extend "Tier 1" status -- the military's highest enlistment option -- to home schoolers.

The Pentagon agreed earlier this month to allow home schooled recruits through September 2012 as part of a trial period to see if a policy change is necessary.

"They (military officials) made it clear that they did not want to harm patriotic homeschool graduates," HSLDA Federal Relations Director Will Estrada said.

Now, HSLDA is hoping for a long-term change. The House Armed Services Committee is reviewing the policy.

Many lawmakers have also criticized the policy, saying the growth in online teaching and testing at all levels of education should prompt changes in recruiting standards.

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