16 Jun 2008

Samoan teens claim to be misled by US Navy

1:35 pm on 16 June 2008

An 18-year old Samoan teen is one of two teenagers claiming they were conned into joining the US Navy.

The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper reports that Joseph Mauga Jr. and another 18-year old say a Navy recruiting officer promised them they would be able to get a free, four-year college education before going off to sea.

But the two recent graduates from Kapolei High School in Hawaii soon found out they would be going off to boot camp and then full-time active duty, scrubbing and painting ships.

They say they didn't find out they had been deceived until they had already enlisted in the Navy's Delayed Entry Programme.

The complaint is being investigated by the Navy's recruiting office in Los Angeles.