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Posted by harmon in Articles.

Some of you may already know about the situation with me and the Navy. Okay, if you haven’t heard, I recently attempted to join the U.S. Navy. I passed the ASVAB, I passed the physical, and I was minutes from being sworn in when they turned me down because I was homeschooled. My heart shattered–it has always been my dream to be a journalist in the Navy, and now they are telling me I can’t join! My mother contacted Home School Legal Defense and established useful contacts–including the Pentagon. They told her that a law had been passed the first of June (three days before I went to Montgomery to be sworn in!) stating that homeschoolers have just as many rights as public schooled children, and that, by law, they are required to be treated as equals. However, when I went to Montgomery, the new law hadn’t been “officially” established yet. All they could tell me was that I could not continue with the process at that time. Now, this has been over a week ago, and I still haven’t heard anything from the Navy. They told me that for me to join shouldn’t be a problem because, after all, they HAD passed that law. But I have been patiently waiting to hear a response.
   There are two parties fighting against each other: One is FOR homeschoolers, one is AGAINST homeschoolers. As Christian homeschoolers, we know the power of unity and faith. If, somehow, the law is changed, we need to unite and go against all laws opposing the freedom of homeschoolers. Please pray about this situation–not only for me, but for the thousands of other young men and women who have been turned down from the military because they were homeschooled. If, indeed, the new law stating that homeschoolers MUST be treated with as much respect as public schooled children has been put into motion, let us praise God for this! But if they continue to turn down homeschoolers, there is obviously something wrong with the way they are running things and WE NEED TO STAND FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND STOP AT NOTHING UNTIL WE HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE! I encourage you to pass the word about this and get as many people praying as possible. If you wish to share any advice or to simply comment, feel free to e-mail me @ giagatt2005@wmconnect.com .