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Dishonorable Deceptions: The Reaction

Reaction to our NewsChannel 5 investigation was almost immediate.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command opened its own investigation into the conduct of the recruiters we caught on camera.

The morning after the first story, the Army's deputy director of recruiting operations e-mailed all of Army recruiting's top officers to tell them that "enough is enough" and using our video to make his point.  Those e-mails are being forwarded to rank-and-file recruiters.

An Army recruiter wrote on his blog that "there is practically no way that 'Me and you are the only ones who know it... almost like, don't ask, don't tell. You don't tell,' isn't exactly what it sounds like."

Congressman Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, asked the chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee to open a congressional investigation into the issues raised by our stories.

Members of the House Armed Services subcommittee asked the Secretary of the Army to provide a full report on the Army's findings regarding our "Dishonorable Deceptions" investigation.

Army Secretary Pete Geren told members of Congress that "the investigating officer concluded that four recruiters" -- including one who did not appear on camera -- "improperly advised an 'applicant' that he did not have to disclose" his use of psychiatric medications.

The Army announced that it had punished four Nashville-area recruiters -- three caught on NewsChannel 5's hidden cameras and one who could be heard off camera.

After reviewing the Army's final report, Congressman Cooper said it showed "Channel 5 was right on all counts. But "as far as a nationwide cleanup, they weren't interested into that."

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