Should military recruiters be allowed in schools?

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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."

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Tanya - posted on 08/09/2010

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No they shouldn't be. I remember asking them if I could drive a hummer and they said sure!

They will say anything to get you to join.

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I think it's fine. We allow other employers to come in and give presentations. Why not military?

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Im 20 and live in the UK. When I was at school hich isn't long ago I recall the army visiting our school once in the time I was there but it wasn't to "recruit" people so to speak as over here we attend senior school until the age of 16 which is too young to join. I think it's inapporpriate for them to go to a school with the only purpose of recruiting people. Surely if teenagers want to join the army they will know that themselves and find out how to join?

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In my opinion, no. At such an influential age and with how strongly these men push for their chosen defense force I think it is wrong. I do however think it should be offered as a career choice in career studies by a teacher and the information given out on where these teenagers can get more information, or let the students know when the recruiters are coming to their area, of which they would need parental consent to get into. This is the way it was done in my home town , which was a navy and army town, and it seemed to keep everyone happy.

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