2005: Remove Peace Corps from National Call to Service military recruitment program
In 2005, NPCA became aware of a pilot military recruitment program in which Peace Corps service was referenced as an option through which members of the armed services could complete their military obligation. Concerned that this initiative crossed a line in distinguishing between the two forms of service, we launched a public education and advocacy effort to encourage removing Peace Corps from such initiatives.
In the House of Representatives, Congressman John Kline (R-MN) introduced H.R. 3709, legislation to remove Peace Corps references from the National Call to Service military recruitment program. A bi-partisan group of 38 Congressmen/women co-sponsored the legislation.
In the Senate, the leadership of key lawmakers including RPCV Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and John Warner (R-VA) resulted in the House language being incorporated into the Defense Authorization bill which was passed by Congress and signed by the President.
While the Peace Corps community honors many who have served in both the military and the Peace Corps, the success of this effort helped maintain a line of distinction between the two forms of service.