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About 100,000 teenagers joined the military in 2004. Nearly 57 percent of all Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force recruits are 17 to 19 years old. That means military recruiters, or officers in charge of finding volunteers, are very interested in speaking with high school students. A law passed in 2001 says that recruiters must be allowed to visit high schools twice a year. Schools must also give recruiters students' phone numbers and addresses.
Recruiters say they need this access to tell students about the benefits of a career in the military. They want teenagers to know that the military provides college money and teaches career skills.
Some people say that allowing military recruiting in schools is a bad idea. Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, banned recruiters from campus, saying that recruiters were making false promises to students and pressuring them to make decisions too quickly. The school passed a resolution saying "high schools are not a place for military recruiters."