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Congress Wants Review of Army Recruiting

(Story created: 5/24/07)

There's new information on an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation of Army recruiters.

Now, members of a congressional committee are asking that the Army give a full report about the Dishonorable Deceptions that we caught on hidden camera.

The request from a House Armed Services subcommittee comes in a letter, signed by both Democrats and Republicans, to the Secretary of the Army.

In it, they ask the Army to explain what they call the "troubling" findings of our NewsChannel 5 investigation.

Our hidden cameras caught recruiters urging a potential recruit to lie about his use of psychiatric medications... in this case, Zoloft... for depression.

It follows the suicide of Private Jay Mallard, who killed himself during basic training after -- his family says -- a recruiter urged him to lie about his mental illness to get into the Army.

In their letter, committee members say that they "understand the great stress placed on the recruiting force."

Still, they add, "every allegation of recruiter malpractice must be resolved if the all-volunteer military and the combat readiness of the Armed Forces are to be sustained."

As we first reported, the Army has opened its own investigation into what we discovered.

Committee members tell the Army they want the results of that investigation, along with the Army's plan to make sure that such problems do not continue.

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