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Cyber-school students: Pentagon snubs our service

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Students graduating from the growing ranks of online high schools are running into a hurdle if their goal is to join the military: The Pentagon doesn't want many recruits from alternative or home schools.
Many would-be soldiers like Ryker Packard, 17, of Fassett, Pa., say they weren't aware the armed services have a policy of not taking more than 10 percent of recruits with a non-traditional high school diploma. Critics, including some in Congress, say the military is behind the times and point to the growth on online teaching and testing at all levels of education, including college degrees.
Members of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., are looking at the policy this week.


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