A newly discovered document that was withheld by the White House when it released “all the records” shows that Bush promised to serve in the Air National Guard well beyond the termination of his six year Military Service Obligation.
In this document, simply labeled “AGREEMENT”, Bush acknowledges that his training will require “the expenditure of extensive public funds” and in exchange for “undergraduate pilot training”, he agreed to serve for at least five years after the completion of that training. (It has not been determined what “undergraduate pilot training refers to. Bush completed his initial pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia on November 26, 1969, his “Pre-Interceptor Training at Ellington AFB in February, 1970, and his F-102 pilot training was completed on June 20, 1970.)
The source of this document was someone with unquestioned access to it, and there is no doubt regarding its authenticity.
There is also no question that it has been withheld by the White House. USA Today has a complete set of the documents released on February 13 on their site, and it does not contain copies of this important agreement. In addition, the White House has repeatedly claimed that all documents in Bush’s files were released, but this document originated in those files.
The legitimacy of the document is further buttressed by its being mentioned in at least one other document which was released by the White House. A document labeled “Preview and Grade Determination”, dated May 29, 1968, lists among its attachments an “AF Form 125 (includes 5 yr agreement)”. And although the AF Form 125 (a “Pilot Training Agreement”), and most of the other documents listed as attachments, were part of the White House release, nothing that could be identified as a “5 year agreement” was released in February.
Questions regarding the document should be address to Scott McClellan at the White House.The AWOL Project September 14, 2004