The Army's Recruiting Command knew enlistment figures were being juggled in the Northeast and did not object, the former commander of the region testified yesterday.
Retired Col. William Sachs, who headed the regional office at Ft. Meade, Md., until January, told the House Armed Service Investigations Subcommitte his superiors knew credit for enlistees from recruiting offices that overproduced was being shifted to offices that did not meet quotas.
"There was no objection voiced to me." Sachs said.
The panel is seeking to find out whether there was any involvement by higher headquarters in the Albany, N.Y. office's listing "phantom" enlistees on computerized rolls. The office's commander and four staff members have been disciplined.
Maj. Delbert Collins, who serve at the Ft. Meade office, testified about types of "manipulation" of statistics he had devised "so we'd look good when it came to sustained performance."
But Collins said his manipulations had never misrepresented the number of "recruits signed up by the northeastern district on an annuaal basis.
He said his schemes included reporting fewer recruits than had enlisted in periods when quotas were exceeded and saving the additional numbers for slack periods, reporting some enlistments early to make a weekly quota and deducting them from later reports, and shifting credit from one office to another.
Collins said his juggling was necessary because "in spring it's difficult to find that little enlistee when he's ot there washing his car and chasing girls."
"You were reporting fraudulent numbers." said subcommittee Chairman Samuel S. Stratton (D-N.Y.).