Published: Saturday, Feb. 15 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
A disclaimer to any military recruitment ad should include at least the
following: the statements made in this ad are not necessarily factual and may be
considered to be propaganda in some instances. Recruiters may exaggerate claims
about the value of military training and military life in general. There is
every likelihood that your time will never be spent in defending your country.
Instead, you will be a political tool used to spread American corporate power to
enrich the 1% wealthiest people in the world and their government cronies. Once
you discover the truth, there will be serious repercussions if you speak out.
I whole heartedly agree. We don't allow drug pushers to ply the hallways of
our schools yet we allow military recruiters to seduce the less savy among us.
This is allowed because it is necessary to have a military to defend us all.
However in large part this is also unjustified because many of the wars we get
involved in are unjustified. Politicians and people behind them treat the
American people, as pawns, especially the military, getting us and keeping us in
unnecessary wars.War destroys peoples lives, it destroys families.
This is too often forgotten.
They agree to put there lives on the line before they enlist and no what there
There is a bad news - good news - bad news aspect of this.The letter
writer hits the nail on the head with regard to the unstated risks of military
service. When I was a kid there was a Vietnam War POW who was a Lt. Colonel in
the Air Force whose release and return prompted a big parade, endless amounts of
adulation and true gratitude and celebration for his return and service to us
and our nation. He had returned, except he never really came back,
and within a couple of years he divorced his wife, left his kids, and I
don't know whatever became of him. His was a fairly benign return,
compared to those we read about today.The good news is we're
using more drones and can wage war without risking our lives, and the
appropriate psychological precautions can be taken to insulate the enlisted men
from the trauma they may feel in the damage they're doing, even if
remotely.The bad news is that waging war remotely, in an insulated
environment, makes it more cost-free to us, but the effects of drone strikes may
eventually catch up with us.
I was going to comment but Sey summed it up nicely.
Here is the thing...EVERY person who signs up with the Military
(including National Guard, Reserves)services knows that he/she may have to go to
war. That war is "Hell" and there is a real good chance that they are
going to get hurt both physically and mentally.Yes, recruiter can
"stretch" the truth... My father taught me a valuable lesson when I went
through the process, it was "Do the research" before the signing the
document, because after that you don't have rights.What I have
seen before the wars in the middle east is that people signed up with the
military to get their college benefits, not expecting to have to actually
"serve" in a military action, then are surprised when the government
called in the marker....
Would you also require a full risk disclosure to Olympic and collegiate
athletes? The military is placed in harms way by politicians it is these
politicians who deserve full disclosure and scrutiny.
It's pretty hard to believe that a person can grow up in America and not
have a pretty good idea of what the military is. As a boy my favorite movies
were war movies. History classes were more interesting when we got to the
conflict between knights and hoards of spear carriers.
Absolutely right. If the right wants women to watch videos before an abortion
because of the value of life then we should be honest with America's youth
about their chances of survival.A friend of mine's husband
joined the USAF and was told by the recruiters that he would be a military cop
on a nice, safe Air Force base somewhere and he could finish college.
Immediately upon graduation basic training, he was attached to an Army unit and
sent to Iraq. Nice trick Uncle Sam.
As Veteran myself, I'm all for fighting and dying for Defending
the Constitution, I'm simply opposed to doing so for Oil Companies.
The dilemma is how to express gratitude for military service without demeaning
their sacrifices. Now is the time to put our money where our flag waving,
two-sided mouths are. They sacrificed and now it's time for the
beneficiaries to sacrifice. Now is the time and none too soon.
airnaut said:"As Veteran myself, I'm all for
fighting and dying for Defending the Constitution, I'm simply opposed
to doing so for Oil Companies."Please provide details of this
statement? Please tell us which Oil Companies sent us to war?While
you're at it, why don't you tell us why Dear Leader is stopping the
Keystone Pipeline (which would help put America on the road to energy
independents, and provide large numbers of jobs)? Why don't you also tell
us why the Obama Administration has only provided a scarce number of drilling
permits on the Gulf Coast to American Oil Companies, but is allowing extensive
Deep Sea drilling to Brazil′s Petrobras Oil company (co-owned by George
"...energy independents..."Independence even! :-D
SvenMorgan, UT5:39 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014While you're
at it, why don't you tell us what branch of the Military you served
our Country? ((Crickets))
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