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February 12, 2016

Homeschool graduate Jordan Allen enlists in the New Jersey National Guard.

Army National Guard Accepts Homeschool Graduate

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New Jersey homeschool graduate Jordan Allen hit an unexpected barrier when he sought to enlist in his state’s Army National Guard. An official refused to accept the young man’s parent-issued high school diploma.

YOUR ATTORNEY Scott Woodruff

As Home School Legal Defense Association sought to help, we learned that the person formerly responsible for checking educational qualifications had recently left the office. A person not previously assigned that responsibility was filling the gap, but he had not received appropriate guidance as to how to verify a homeschool education.

HSLDA contacted the federal Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and asked them to intervene in the situation. A representative of that office soon contacted the New Jersey official and explained that what the young man had already submitted (high school transcript, diploma, letter from HSLDA) was sufficient to prove that he was educationally qualified to enlist.

With this guidance, the path forward was cleared. Jordan has been sworn in to serve his country in the Army National Guard.