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August 25, 2014

Navy Takes Homeschool Grad After HSLDA Intervenes


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in South Dakota. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

A homeschool graduate seeking to enlist in the Navy took the military aptitude (ASVAB) test and scored well. But the recruiter told him it was not good enough because homeschoolers must score higher than others.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff emailed the recruiter and explained that pursuant to recent congressional enactments and Pentagon policy, homeschool graduates are not required to score higher. Woodruff gave the recruiter the name of a Pentagon official to contact if he wanted confirmation of that point.

HSLDA has worked energetically for many years to protect the access of homeschoolers to military opportunities. Our efforts to prevent discrimination have recently resulted in congressional actions that guarantee that homeschool graduates are not required to score higher on the crucial ASVAB.

Within hours of receiving Woodruff’s email, the recruiter did an about-face and told the young man that his score was sufficient to enlist in the Navy.

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