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FIRE’s President Steps Down to ‘Step Up’

December 2, 2005

David French, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has stepped down to join the U.S. Army Reserve.

Mr. French, 36, started the enlistment process to join the Judge Advocate General's Corps after the military raised the age limit for the Reserve and the National Guard from 34 to 39 in March.

As a supporter of the war in Iraq, Mr. French says he felt a personal responsibility to join the Army after the age limit was raised. "People who believe the things I believe should step up," he says.

His support of the war was his sole reason for leaving the advocacy group after less than two years at the helm, he says. "This was a personal decision. FIRE is a wonderful organization with a talented staff that is going to be fine without me... Download file "5"