I've read in several places, including your link, a statement that Lt Bush specified he should not be sent to Vietnam as part of his paperwork for the Guard.
What's that about?
I would have thought that when somebody signed up for the Guard he/she went wherever they sent him. Certainly that appears to be the case these days. Can anybody shed any light on this situation?
Bush's Military Past
At issue is whether Bush was, technically at least, a deserter in his fourth year of National Guard service, when he requested a transfer to Guard duties in Alabama so he could assist a Republican senatorial campaign there.
Bush asserts that he turned up and did his duty. However, no one on the base remembers seeing him, including the commanding officer and several other officers who say they were actively looking to network with the hot-shot Texan with the influential father--but waited in vain.
More details here.