I never agree with the tactics that have been reportedly used by some recruiters. Threating students, lying about "never going to war" and such things won't get you anywhere. But as adamant as these anti-recruiting people are, they are in a way no better than the recruiters they loathe. It's just fine, IMHO, to inform students about the realities of military life, and to inform them of ALL
their options. But it's another thing entirely to do crap like throwing fake blood on a recruiting office doorstep, and tell a recruiter to his/her face that they should understand they aren't wanted there. Why doesn't that lady bitch to her elected representatives? What does she honestly hope to accomplish by telling that recruiter he's not wanted there? Even if she got her wish and he didn't want to be there, the military would just send another to fill the void.
Inform students of their choices, but don't overly pressure them TO
join or NOT TO
join. When I was in high school, most other kids at the time were smart enough to realize that if you signed up to go into the military, ANY BRANCH, that you would sooner or later be headed off to some sort of conflict. I love how some people hate recruiters because of the job they're doing.
That same PTSA in the article passed a resolution a while back condemning the Iraq war. Sounds like too many parents with too much time on their hands in that district. But sure, go ahead and keep pushing recruiters off your son's campus lady. I hope if there is a draft, that lady's son is the first one to get the call.
Just a side note Coz, I think maybe the parents should spend a little more time with their kids helping them make better, informed decisions. But I'm sure it's all the recruiters' faults.
edited for spelling and a small wording change.
[Edited 2005-05-19 21:32:53]