That Texas Air National Guard thought shrub an insubordinate rich boy that had powers beyond their own and gave him an Honorable Discharge when he refused to continue to participate. I suppose they were glad to get rid of him. One actually served while the other pretended. That's not uncommon. It goes on everywhere, even today. The National Guard and Reserve forces of this day and age of all-volunteer forces should not be confused with the forces of the Viet Nam era when deferments or National Guard or Reserve service were considered one and the same. Certainly there were heroes among the National Guard and Reserve components then. They generally made a career within their civilian careers as Guardsmen and Reservists. Many, in fact most that joined in that dangerous era, got out at first opportunity and should not in any way be considered "heroes". They simply took advantage of the opportunities they had to avoid direct combat or otherwise involvement in a war. In the case of the shrub, he overstepped several hundred on the waiting list and even then exposed a derilection of duty, in this old soldier's opinion as well as known facts of his overstepping.. Republicans like to go on and on about a sense of duty then retreat when it becomes their own sense of duty. That's not uncommon either, even today. Argue on about Kerry's medals. At least he earned a few. Shrub, on the other hand, is still trying to prove he went to an Air Force dental clinic in Alabama to prove he was somehow serving his country. It's laughable.