[NPCAAdvocacy] Legislation introduced removing Peace Corps from military recruitment
Jonathan Pearson <jonathan@...> wrote:
From: "Jonathan Pearson" <jonathan@...>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 13:04:53 -0400
Subject: [NPCAAdvocacy] Legislation introduced removing Peace Corps from military recruitmen
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Dear Members of the NPCA Advocacy Listserv:
This is to inform you that legislation has been introduced in the House of
Representatives to remove Peace Corps from an existing law that connects
Peace Corps service as an option within a military recruitment initiative.
The legislation, H.R. 3709, has been introduced by Congressman John Kline
(R-MN), a member of the House Armed Services committee. To view the
legislation, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and type in H.R. 3709 in the box
titled, "Search Bill Text 109th Congress"
We are in the process of preparing action opportunities and expect to have
them available to you shortly. In the meantime, we are attaching the press
release from Congressman Kline (below). It should be noted that the
Congressman served for 25 years in the United States Marine Corps (retired
with the rank of Colonel) and served as a military aide to both Presidents
Carter and Reagan.
Kline Introduces Legislation to Separate Military Service, Peace Corps
WASHINGTON Congressman John Kline (R-MN) introduced legislation to alter
the National Call to Service Program to remove the Peace Corps as an option
for completing an individuals military enlistment requirement.
The National Call to Service recruitment program was created in December
2002 to allow military recruits to count service in the Peace Corps or
Americorps toward the 8 year commitment required of enlisted military
Many former Peace Corps members are concerned that perceived links between
military service and the Peace Corps could jeopardize the safety of Peace
Corps Volunteers who provide humanitarian service in remote locations.
Klines legislation will help differentiate the roles of Peace Corps
volunteers from those of enlisted military personnel.
Thousands of military veterans have served honorably in the Peace Corps
following their military careers and will continue to do so, said Kline.
The goal of this legislation is to ensure the independence of the Peace
Corps and the safety of their volunteers.
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