Irving Gonzales signed up for the army's Delayed Entry Program (DEP) to give himself time to decide if the army was for him. When he decided he didn't want the army life, the recruiter told him he signed a binding contract.
Sgt. Glenn Marquette told him if he dropped out he would go to jail. DEP regulations state “under no circumstances will any (recruiter) threaten, coerce, manipulate, or intimidate (future soldiers), nor may they obstruct separation requests.”
This isn't the first time people have complained about this practice at the same recruiting station. The last time Sgt. Thomas Kelt was accused, the army promoted him to the role of station commander and he supervises and trains other recruiters.