"Jared is polite but won't talk to people unless they address him first"
Seems a perfect recruit, right? Here's a guy who won't sass back his commanders. He'll probably take orders, and he's got experience cleaning toilets and mopping floors. Heck, he even passed one of those intelligence tests the recruiters give their recruits.
But while Jared Guinther may be 18, he has been diagnosed as autistic since he was three years old. Oops!
"When Jared first started talking about joining the Army, I thought, 'Well, that isn't going to happen,' " said Paul Guinther, Jared's father. "I told my wife not to worry about it. They're not going to take anybody in the service who's autistic."
But they did. Last month, Jared came home with papers showing that he not only had enlisted, but also had signed up for the Army's most dangerous job: cavalry scout. He is scheduled to leave for basic training Aug. 16.
Officials are now investigating whether recruiters at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Southeast Portland improperly concealed Jared's disability, which should have made him ineligible for service.
I'm thinking inclusive education and mainstreaming wasn't meant to apply to military recruiting, but I could be wrong.