at Polipundit (hat tip to Betsy Newmark
) explains the missing months of "duty" in the President's pay records. I drilled "for points only" for a not insignificant part of my retirement pay. This is common in the Guard and Reserves, especially for required Military Education:
"...../snip/in reviewing my own records, 13% of my reserve man days in my first six years were without pay and surprisingly while a college student, 21% of my reserve man days were performed without pay. A search of the web led me to AF Form 1288 (front/back)
in which 1LT Bush requests duty in Alabama on May 24, 1972. Block 17 shows that the request is "no pay, training category G." In the approval section, it is clearly disclosed that this is "pay group none." Why is this important? Regardless, of the ultimate unit he ended up training with, it shows that 1LT Bush was willing to train without pay. The old media remains focused on pay records!! In regards to pay records, USA Today
states, "They show he was paid for 82 days in 1972 and 1973, but show no service for five months between April and October 1972." Pay records would show no service during this time period because he was not paid! 1LT Bush served his country without pay. That is why there is no pay record. ...../snip/...."
Update - courtesy of Betsy's
"Here is the proof that Bush's records would not have been available for Bill Burkett to see. Check out page two of this file - it is the from 330 Records Transmittal Request that was filed in November 15, 1973 that transfered his records from the Texas National Guard to the Air Reserve Personnel Center. So the files weren't hanging around in Austin for Bill Burkett to observe someone throwing them out. Thank you so much to Oak Leaf, an experienced Reservist officer for finding the link to these forms and explaining them to me."