Colorado Recruiters Caught On Tape Urging Student to Cheat On A Drug Test & Make A Fake Diploma

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Last month the U.S. Army failed to meet its goal of 6,800 new troops.

Aware of this trend, David McSwane, a local high school student, decided he wanted to find out to what extent some recruiters would go to sign up soldiers who were not up to grade.

McSwane, 17, is actually just the kind of teenager the military would like. He’s a high school journalist and honor student at Arvada West High School. But McSwane decided he wanted to see “how far the Army would go during a war to get one more solider.”

McSwane contacted his local army recruiting office in Golden with a scenario he created. He told a recruiter that he was a dropout and didn’t have a high school diploma.

“No problem,” the recruiter explained. He suggested that McSwane create a fake diploma from a non-existent school.

McSwane recorded the recruiter saying that on the phone.

“It can be like Faith Hill Baptist School or something — whatever you choose,” the recruiter said.

As instructed, McSwane went on the computer to a Web site and for $200 arranged to have a phony diploma created that certified him as a graduate of Faith Hill Baptist High School, the very name the recruiter suggested. It came complete with a fake grade transcript.

“What was your reaction to them encouraging you to get a phony diploma?” CBS4’s Rick Sallinger asked.

“I was shocked,” McSwane said. “I’m sitting there looking at a poster that says ‘Integrity, Honor, Respect’ and he is telling me to lie.”

McSwane also pretended he had a drug problem when he spoke with the recruiter.

The Army does not accept enlistees with drug problems.

“I have a problem with drugs,” McSwane said, referring to the conversation he had with the recruiter. “I can’t kick the habit … just marijuana.”

“[The recruiter] said ‘Not a problem,’ just take this detox … he said he would pay half of it … told me where to go.” More

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3 Responses to “Colorado Recruiters Caught On Tape Urging Student to Cheat On A Drug Test & Make A Fake Diploma”

  1. Dave M Davis Says:

    I thought Counter Recruiters were nonviolent and favored gun control. What happened to the peace and the sunshine and lollipops?

    The targeting of recruiting stations just proves one thing. the Counter Recruiters are bent on the destruction of the United States.

  2. Clemen Says:

    What makes you think a counter-recruiter shot up the place? Like you said, “I thought Counter Recruiters were nonviolent and favored gun control.”

    The first thought that came to my mind was a crazy right-winger with the thought that these two recruiters are a discrace to our beloved military.

    Make no mistake.

  3. Shiva Says:

    Things like this are disgusting, but not surprising. I’m rarely surprised by how far the government will go to take one’s life away from you.

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