11 News Defenders: Army recruiting scandal intensifiesCongressional investigation called for by U.S. Rep. Gene Green
11:44 AM CDT on Thursday, August 7, 2008By Mark Greenblatt / 11 News Defenders
HOUSTON -- Irving Gonzalez wanted out of a non-binding agreement to join the U.S. Army. When the 18-year-old told that to his recruiter, Gonzalez said they told him he would be sent to jail.
In fact, Gonzalez recorded one of the conversations he had with Army recruiter Sgt. Glenn Marquette.
Gonzalez: What if I just don't show up?
Marquette: Then guess what? You are AWOL. Absent Without Leave. You want to go to school? You will not get no loans, (because) all college loans are federal and government loans. So, you'll be black barred from that. As soon as you get pulled over for a speeding ticket, they're going to see you're a deserter, they're going to apprehend you, take you to jail. So, guess what? All that lovey-dovey, I wanna go to college and all that. Guess what? You just threw it out the window (because) you just screwed up your life.