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In all, the ArmyNational Guard paid upward of $300 million for roughly 130,000 enlistments.

“I told them: We gotta catch the first peckerwoods to get out here and mess this thing up for everybody, and we gotta prosecute them quickly,” said Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, former director of the ArmyNational Guard.

Vaughn said the program was very effective but clearly had flaws and abuses he was unaware of at the time.

McCaskill said she understood the rationale for the program: “We needed recruits. We were in a very stressful situation for command.”

Nonetheless, she said, the abuse is clear and more hearings will be held.

“The worst thing that could happen is for senior leadership to go quietly into the night,” McCaskill said.


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