Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 3 weeks ago

When did it become an offense to lie to a recruiter?

I interestingly read the life of Frank Buckles, last American World War I survivor who died not long ago. He lied to his recruiters to join at age 16. Was it already an offense? Excuse my words if are incorrect, I don't handle military terms. Thanks. 


@Ninefinger, not only you ain't getting BA for sure, you show how rude some military are

Update 2:

That was what I was expecting, an insult to report you :)

Update 3:

@Anon you have also been reported

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago
    Favorite Answer

    I think it always was an offense, but he was not caught 

  • 2 weeks ago

    Not an offense in the legal sense. But it is a reason to get kicked out. It’s called fraudulent enlistment and is still a term used to kick people out who lie during the processing of the military.

  • 2 weeks ago

    18 U.S. Code §1621.Perjury generally


    (1)having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or

    (2)in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code, willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true;

    is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription is made within or without the United States.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 773; Pub. L. 88–619, §?1, Oct. 3, 1964, 78 Stat. 995; Pub. L. 94–550, §?2, Oct. 18, 1976, 90 Stat. 2534; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §?330016(1)(I), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Everybody joining the military lies.  That's just something they say to use against you and get you pissed off when you're in there.  They probably want a menacing force, not a friendly, flowery one.  Ever notice how government employees seem to be the unhappiest, most abusive people on the planet?  

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It is not.  Fraudulent enlistment is a crime and has been since the advent of the UCMJ.  However, if a recruiter asks your name and you lie but do not then fraudulently enlist, you have committed no crime.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Well they might be able to remove you from the army for that I can't prosecute you the person was 16 when they made the statement.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Whether military or not, lying to get something official, such as getting to join the service, is fraud, and illegal. Nevertheless, it was done by thousands of teenagers wanting to join the Army in World War 2, because so many people couldn't find jobs during the continuing Great Depression.

  • 3 weeks ago

    fraud has always been an offense

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    I agree with Nine. If you don't know why. You're not smart enough to comprehend the reason.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

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