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House Republican Wants Query Into Top Marine's Credentials

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 07:47 PM

A top House Republican is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to investigate the Marine Corps retiring commandant, Gen. James Amos, over whether he attended the Corps' officers training school.

Amos, the Marine's 35th commandant who is stepping down on Friday after two years, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a 2010 confirmation hearing via a signed resume that he had graduated from training school in 1972.

"I hope the commandant can provide you with the proper documentation that he did attend TBS," North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said Friday in a letter to Hagel, the Marine Corps Times reports. He was referring to what is known as The Basic School (TBS).

"Misleading or falsified information presented to Congress is a very serious charge," Jones added. "I ask you to please investigate this matter and give it your utmost and immediate attention."

The Marine Corps told Jones on Friday that Amos did not attend the basic training. The Marines disclosed the information in response to an email query from the congressman's staff.

"As discussed, [Office of Legislative Affairs] informed me that Gen. Amos did not attend the Basic School in that he was an inter-service transfer from the Navy," the email said, according to the Marine Times.

But Marine officials subsequently corrected the email to say that Amos had completed the training through a correspondence course and had graduated on Feb. 28, 1977.

No documentation was provided, however.

Amos transferred to the Marines from the Navy. He was commissioned as an officer in 1970, The Washington Times reports. He was commissioned as a Marine officer in January 1972.

Amos left the military in 1978, working as a commercial airline pilot for Braniff Airlines until 1982, according to the Times.

In 2010, Amos provided a signed resume listing the training data to the Senate panel during his confirmation hearing. As commandant, Amos advanced to four-star rank in the Marines.

His spokesman, Col. Dave Lapan, told the Marine Corps Times that proof existed that had Amos completed the course, but said the data would be only provided to Congress.

Under "Education/qualifications" Amos' resume lists "The Basic School 1972," the Times reports. He signed the resume — attesting to the Senate that his resume was "current, accurate and complete."

The rigorous, six-month training program is required by young officers in Quantico, Va., the Times reports. Amos is scheduled to hand off on command of the Marines to Gen. Joseph Dunford on Friday.

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A top House Republican is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to investigate the Marine Corps retiring commandant, Gen. James Amos, over whether he attended the Corps' officers training school.
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