of dispelling claims that President George W.
Bush was absent without leave (AWOL), a close
inspection of the payroll records released by
the White House actually show that the President
never completed five months of missed Air Force
National Guard service in 1972 and 1973, RAW STORY
can reveal. The research, conducted by Paul Lukasiak,
surrounds two pages in Bush's payroll records
from the second quarter of the calendar year 1973.
Irrespective of the "points system"
mentioned by Bush advisers, it appears to prove
that the President did not meet basic requirements
for "satisfactory service." The following
set of images displays the credits Bush earned
for Guard service in 1972. Each four-hour block
of service is worth 4 credits - which each guardsmen
is expected to accrue each month. In 1972, however,
Bush did not show up for service between April
16 and October 28. In May 1972, Bush moved to
Alabama to work on a political campaign and, he
has said, to perform his Guard service there for
a year. But other Guard officers have said they
have no recollection of ever seeing him there.
More importantly, there is no evidence that he
made up his service for that period in Alabama
- or anywhere else. Rather, the very documents
released by the White House intending to quell
absent without leave (AWOL charges) show that
he never made up any of these sessions. Here's
Bush's paycard for 1972. Click to see it enlarged.
Just below, the date and credit portions are highlighted.
On his 1972 paycard, Bush received no credit between
May and December 1972.
June of 1973, another payroll record was issued.
It showed that Bush had made up his October, November
and December trainings in October and November
(they were not credited to him in 1972 because
he was not paid until January 1973). It also showed
that he did make up a period in February and March
of 1973 by doing 12 credits - all of them in January.
However, the "Alabama period" was still not complete.
A five month gap remains in Bush's service record
to this day.
he absent without leave? It appears so. Regardless,
even a month of missed duty should have mandated
that he spend 115 days on active duty, which never
occurred. Some suggest that Bush could have served
this five months at a later point, which he did
not do. In fact, Bush's last day of active service
was July 30, 1973 - just five years and three
months into his service requirement of six years,
which he apparently eluded as well. Bush was officially
discharged a year later, Oct. 1, 1974 - but he
did not do any service after July 1973. But even
if he had completed his service at a later date,
he would still have breached Air Force code, and
been required to serve time on active duty. Given
the time missed and never made up, he could not
possibly have completed his service requirement
under the law.
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