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December 5, 2016

HSLDA Doesn’t Leave Marine Behind

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A military recruiter who thought he knew the law nearly prevented a homeschool graduate from enlisting.

Mike Smith MIKE SMITH
HSLDA President

The confusion became apparent recently when the U.S. Marine Corps recruiter contacted Home School Legal Defense Association directly to ask about the graduate’s qualifications.

During his inquiry, the sergeant erroneously stated that, in order for a homeschooled recruit to join the military, his transcript must be accredited. Mike Smith, HSLDA President and contact attorney for California, quickly set the record straight.

Smith explained that in California most home educators operate as private schools. These schools are not approved or accredited by public school officials. He also provided a letter which included a copy of the 2014 Department of Defense memo outlining the updated enlistment policy—which includes accepting homeschool graduates on equal terms.

Within minutes of emailing the letter, HSLDA received an enthusiastic response from the recruiter:  "This letter just certified and blessed his enlistment today.” He added: “Without this letter, his enlistment could not have been possible.”

We are always pleased when we can help a homeschool family overcome misinformation or discrimination; it’s a major part of what HSLDA does.