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USAREC Reg 601-45 Recruiting Improprieties Policies and Procedures (13 July 2009)

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USAREC Reg 601-45 Recruiting Improprieties Policies and Procedures (168 KB)

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2-3. Specific prohibitions

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h. Misrepresentation and coercion.

(1) Recruiters will not knowingly mislead or misinform a prospect or applicant regarding any aspect of processing, entitlements, benefits, or other aspects of the Army to entice a prospect or applicant to access or enlist into either the RA or USAR, or transfer to a TPU. This includes "conditional" enlistments in which an applicant enlists based on a recruiter's assurance that the applicant's prospects for selection for another program will improve. Other examples include, but are not limited to, false promises of cash bonus, Army College Fund, Student Loan Repayment Program, regaining custody of dependent children prior to completion of first term of enlistment, overseas assignments, or a specific station of choice.

Comments: The DEP is sometimes (incorrectly) called the Delayed Enlistment Program or the Future Soldiers Program or the Future Soldiers Training Program, "RA" is "Regular Army", "USAR" is "US Army Reserve", "TPU" is "Troop Program Unit".

(2) Recruiters will not threaten, coerce, or intimidate any person for the purpose of inducing a Future Soldier (FS) or FO to report to AD. This includes misrepresenting the likelihood of being apprehended and ordered to AD. It also includes obstructing an FS from being separated from the FSTP or an FO from accessing. Although recruiters may properly attempt to "resell" an FS or FO, they will not unreasonably delay the process of an FS's or FO's request for separation.

Comments: "AD" is "Active Duty", "FSTP" is "Future Soldier Training Program", also known as DEP.  Here it says that they can't threaten you or delay separation if you request it.

USAREC Reg 601-96 Enlistment, Accessions, and Processing Procedures (1 September 2012)

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USAREC Reg 601-96 Enlistment, Accessions, and Processing Procedures (4.1 MB)

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Comments: "FSP" is "Future Soldier Program", also known as DEP. "GC" is "Guidance Counselor".

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USAREC Reg 601-95 Delayed Entry and Delayed Training Program (15 August 2002)

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USAREC Reg 601-95 Delayed Entry and Delayed Training Program (1.4 MB)

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3-1. General
a. A change in a DEP member's status may occur for various reasons, for example: Failure to graduate, change in short- or long-term goals, failure to report, desire to enlist in another service, and apathy. Other situations that may occur include medical disqualification, acceptance of a scholarship for pursuit of higher education, or death. While a recruiter cannot directly be responsible for a DEP member's conduct he or she can ensure that each DEP member is aware of the Army's expectations such as remaining morally and physically qualified.
b. The command goal is to limit DEP loss to no more than 10 percent of RA gross contracts. Recruiters will make every effort to resell those individuals who request separation from the DEP and are otherwise qualified. If the recruiter is unable to resell the RA, then attempt to sell the USAR. At no time will any member of this command tell a DEP member he or she must go in the Army or he or she will go to jail, or that failure to enlist will result in a blackmark on his or her credit record, or any other statement indicating adverse action will occur if the applicant fails to enlist.

Comments: Once again, it says that they can't threaten you with jail or anything else.