Thursday, March 22, 2007

George P will be an Ensign!

FORT WORTH, Texas — George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of President Bush, has been selected as one of 15 prospective ensigns for the Navy Reserves intelligence unit.

Lt. Cmdr. Bill Schroeder of the Navy Reserve Intelligence Command in Fort Worth said Wednesday that once Bush and the other members of the Class of 2007 are sworn in later this year they will go through a two-week officer indoctrination school, a year of Navy basic intelligence training and be assigned to Navy reserve intelligence units close to their homes.

Schroeder said Navy intelligence officers collect and analyze information and provide guidance to help war fighters make decisions critical on the battlefield.

He said Bush, 30, has gotten no special treatment.

"He will be held to the same standards as all of his other shipmates," Schroeder said. "He will go through the same training. He will have the same duties and responsibilities and have to display the same commitment as the rest of his shipmates."

The 15 were selected in February by a panel of Navy officers who considered their qualifications, skills and education.

Attempts to reach Bush, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, by telephone Wednesday night were not immediately successful.

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