Reagan defense secretary confirms legal analysis that George W. Bush was AWOL
Lawrence J. Korb, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics under Ronald Reagan from 1981-1985, confirmed RAW STORY’s legal analysis of President Bush’s Guard Service in a telephone call Friday afternoon.
The analysis, which proves that President George W. Bush was absent without leave from the Texas Air National Guard in 1972, is available here:
Given proof that Bush missed five months of Guard training sessions, he said that Bush would be considered AWOL.
“If you don’t show up, you’re absent without leave, by definition,” Korb said.
No more than ten percent of sessions could be missed without them being made up, he asserted, confirming RAW STORY’s findings. He added that President Bush should have been mandated to serve active duty if he missed even two months of service in a fiscal year – 24 months of active duty minus the amount of active duty already served.
For Bush, this would have amounted to 113 days. How this number was divined can be seen here: