Saturday, July 24, 2004

Undesirable Discharge 

And no, we're not talking about the stuff you use to rehydrate your K-rations. We're talking about the odd notation Paul Lukasiak, author of The AWOL Project, just noticed on the President's service records, which he graciously illuminates in a post at Corrente:
[O]n the order which SUPPOSEDLY gives Bush an "honorable discharge", the following words appear...
"DD FORM 258AF will be furnished"
And I just found this in the Code of Federal regulations, 32 CFR 887.7 [PDF]:
(d) If (obsolete form) DD Form 258AF, Undesirable Discharge Certificate, has been issued,
Smoking gun time?

It's an all-Paul Lukasiak day at Corrente. If you're unfamiliar with his work, by all means let Lambert and co. introduce you.

UPDATE: Hold the phone, hold the phone. Lukasiak now says (in the comments section of the Corrente post above; direct link here) that:
Although it appears to me that the form says 258, I have just discovered that an AF Form 256 was used for honorable discharges...

Given that what we are looking at are PDF copies of microfilmed records, it is possible that the number is "256" and not "258"

the document in question can be found in its original state at

http://www.usatoday.com/news/bushdocs/11-2_2004_Personnel_File.pdf page 20 and http://www.usatoday.com/news/bushdocs/10-3_2000_Personnel_File.pdf page 24
Based on our quick examination, we'd have to say the mystery digit looks more like a "6" than an "8." C'est la guerre.

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