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    Filed at 2:43 pm under by dcobranchi

    Good news:

    Mr. Cobranchi,

    Your email reference the goarmy on-line home school advertisement was forwarded to me for response.

    Regarding the goarmy on-line home school advertisement, it was never the Army’s intent to endorse any particular home school association over another but rather the intent was to inform all home school graduates that the Army now offers them the same education incentives as traditional high school graduates. Also, I would like to make it clear that all home school seniors and graduates regardless of their home school affiliation or not who meet the current Department of Defense home school definition are eligible to enlist in the Army. This is the message we tried to emphasize and promote in our on-line advertisement. However from the issues you addressed in your email it appears that in our haste to get this message out as quickly as possible to as many home school students/graduates as possible we made an error in judgment. To address your concern we have already started to take corrective action. I can assure you that by the end of the day the link to hslda will be removed from the goarmy website to eliminate any perception that the Army is endorsing a particular vendor/association. Also, I have discussed further action with our Outreach Directorate and they plan to change the URL once we have collected/exhausted our print materials.

    Thank you for making us aware of the problem/concern. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.

    v/r
    Brian Labashosky
    Chief, Education Division
    United States Army Recruiting Command
    (502) 626-0496

    8 Responses to “GO ARMY!”


    Comment by
    COD
    October 26th, 2005
    at 2:50 pm

    One should fear the power of cobranchi.com 🙂


    Comment by
    Ron
    October 26th, 2005
    at 6:46 pm

    Thank you, on behalf of most every HSer.


    Comment by
    Stephanie
    October 26th, 2005
    at 9:29 pm

    Go, Daryl!


    Comment by
    Helen
    October 27th, 2005
    at 3:14 am

    Now please take this in the lighthearted manner in which it’s posted… I find it interesting that they chose to reply directly to you – a male – when I know quite a number of females who likewise wrote to them and as far as I know have not yet even received an acknowledgement of their good efforts. Did you just get lucky – or is the Army still a bastion of male chauvinism?


    Comment by
    Helen
    October 27th, 2005
    at 3:25 am

    And on a more serious note, he says they’ll “…change the URL once we have collected/exhausted our print materials.”

    Gee… With the resources of the federal government at their disposal, how many print materials do you suppose they generated?


    Comment by
    Daryl
    October 27th, 2005
    at 5:30 am

    1) Probably
    2) Possibly

    Evidently, the Army is unaware that you can redirect URLs. I’ll point that out to Chief Labashosky in my next email (since HSLDA’s ad is still up as of 5:30 a.m.)


    Comment by
    Valerie
    October 27th, 2005
    at 11:18 am

    I just checked the email account that I used at the goarmy site. _Still_ no reply.

    Hmmmmph.

    I’d better get a snail reply from the Commanding General of the Recruiting Command, to whom I also wrote (snail), or somebody’s gonna get blog-slapped!

    But, on the brighter side, an acknowledgment was received, so that’s good. But Daryl, if you do write back, don’t call the man Chief. That’s a more informal spoken title either for a Naval Chief Petty Officer or Army Chief Warrant Officer, although, just to complicate matters, Army warrant officers are formally addressed as Mister.

    By his signature block, this man appears to be an Army civilian. “Chief” means he’s in charge of the office section, branch, or, in this case, the Education Division. He’s probably a GS employee, and his title is Mr. If he was active duty, his rank would be part of the signature block.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    October 27th, 2005
    at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the tip.