"I wanted to see how far the army would go during a war to get one more soldier," McSwane said.
So he showed up at a Golden Colorado recruiting office saying he was a dropout.
No problem, the recruiter said — and told McSwane in a phone call he recorded — to create a fake diploma from a non-existent school.
"It can be like Faith Hill Baptist School or something — whatever you choose," the recruiter said.
So McSwane went on-line, got a phony grade transcript and a diploma with the name of the school the recruiter suggested and turned it in.
"I was shocked. I'm sitting there looking at a poster that says 'Integrity, Honor, Respect,' and he is telling me to lie," McSwane said.
Then the high school senior told the recruiter:
"I have a problem with drugs. I can't kick the habit — just marijuana."
The recruiter suggested purchasing a detoxification kit.
"The two times I had the guys use it — it's worked both times. We didn't have to worry about anything," the recruiter said.
McSwane had a friend take a video as another recruiter, Sgt. Tim Pickel, took him to buy the so-called detox kit.