George W. Bush Military Record

Protalion Progressive Communications

Media images last week of President Bush wearing a fighter pilot’s uniform as he landed on an aircraft carrier to announce the end of the war in Iraq served also to remind us of his dubious record of military service and previous attempts to embellish and whitewash it. As a young man Bush first avoided military service that might have gotten him assigned to Vietnam, signing up instead for fighter-pilot training with the Texas Air National Guard. But between May 1972 and October 1973 he mysteriously went AWOL, was suspended from flying status for failing to take a required medical exam, was ordered to disciplinary station in Denver and didn’t show up there, either. He never got his pilot’s license nor an honorable discharge. Later, as Texas governor, he sent an operative to scrub his National Guard records. It’s all here, with documentation.