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In The Interest Of Fairness

From the northern part of my county. The Dems don't have a total monopoly on nuttiness.

Posted by Rand Simberg at October 27, 2004 07:17 PM
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Clayton Cramer covered this story earlier today. He says the Marines don't take kids with just a GED. I have no idea if that's true or not.

Posted by Rick C at October 27, 2004 07:19 PM

Fortunately, this is the web. From a FAQ on USMC enlistment:

I have my GED. Can I be a Marine?

GEDs are accepted in certain circumstances. You need to talk to your recruiter about eligibility requirements for the Marines.

Posted by Karl Hallowell at October 27, 2004 07:55 PM

Hey, how 'bout that, you're right. :)

Questions Concerning The United States Marine Corps sez:

"Second, GED's used to be accepted for enlistment....but that was awhile ago. "

"Thank you all for your time. I spoke with my recruiter:
A GED with 12 colege credits counts as the equivilant to a high school degreee in the Army and Marine Crops"

Posted by Rick C at October 27, 2004 08:06 PM

Ooops, missed this paste, same site:

"i got the official GED stand.

the USMC only gives out so many spots per RS per year that can be filled w/ a GED'er. good to go if you your RS has any GED spots left, the other option is to get a GED and get 9college credits which rates as a first level or something like that which is equivalent to a high school diploma"

Did this little digression have any point? Beats me.

Posted by Rick C at October 27, 2004 08:07 PM

If GEDs are a problem, you can always clone your soldiers. ;-)

Posted by Bill White at October 27, 2004 08:30 PM

"Soper, who will enter the Marines as soon as he passes the GED test, solidly supports Bush"

Ah I see I'm not the only one who thought that state was exceptional. I especially like how they threw in the ", solidly supports Bush" as a preposition to the fact that he is a aspiring Marine hoping to maybe someday pass his GED. Like Bushites are psychotic morons just itching to be handed a gun and shoot people.

Posted by Josh "Hefty" Reiter at October 28, 2004 07:53 AM

Am I to infer from these comments that the Good Enough Diploma is somehow inferior to some other kind of high school diploma? Perhaps we could exile people with GEDs to the loading dock, along with all the smokers.

Posted by slimedog at October 28, 2004 08:40 AM

Back when ships were made of wood and men were made of iron, I joined the Navy with JUST a GED. I scored 98 out of a possible total 99, on the old ASVAB. I dropped out of high school to go to work, I was bored to death with school. Not because I was too dumb to graduate.

The GED is not now, nor has it ever been, a test for dummies. I know of at least 2 instances of people agreeing to take the GED to spur on a high school drop out to do so. In both cases the "spurror" failed and the "spurree" passed. Here's the rub, BOTH the failures were college graduates.

Posted by Steve at October 28, 2004 09:47 AM

I personally don't have any interest in dissing the GED or people who take it.

Posted by Rick C at October 28, 2004 10:33 AM

Rand, I appreciate your attempt at fairness, but I hardly think the action of one deranged individual balances the concerted, coordinated, and sanctioned attacks on Republican voters and campaign workers by hundreds of Kerry goons.

The cold, hard reality is that the Dems will stop at NOTHING to win. They demonstrate time and again their complete lack of morals and ethics.

Posted by Dave G at October 28, 2004 02:18 PM

I'll be glad when the election is over. I've certainly hit the burnout point for this political campaign. I just hope this time we don't get those micro-margins again, or there will be plenty of yelling - and some violence - for months to come.

Posted by VR at October 28, 2004 02:32 PM

I agree with the earlier post, that an isolated act of lunacy hardly compares with an actively orchestrated, nationwide, terroristic campaign.

- Eric.

Posted by Eric S. at October 29, 2004 07:06 PM

I just wonder about this whole GED deal.

I'm a 22 year old male and am about 3 credits short of a High School Diploma, but have my GED and obtained about a 76 or so on the ASVAB when I took it a few months ago, but am lost as to what the requirements are.

When I checked a recruiter in Utah, I think I needed both the GED and 15 credit hours. I'm unsure what to do.

Posted by Benjamin at January 1, 2005 09:41 PM

i live in asheville nc and have my ged what do i need to to join the marine corp

Posted by britttany at May 2, 2007 11:59 AM

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