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Nov 16, 2005
Nine things to remember when you talk to a recruiter

  1. Recruiters are interested in you in order to make a sale.
  2. Take along a parent or friend as a witness if you go see a recruiter.
  3. If you have a police record or medial condition, don’t hide it—even if the recruiter tells you it doesn’t matter. You will be the one in trouble later on, not the recruiter.
  4. Don’t sign any papers until you have taken them home and read them over carefully.
  5. Talk the enlistment agreement over with your parents and friends, and with a trained civilian counselor.
  6. Get all promises in writing and have them signed by the recruitment representative. Spoken promises are worthless.
  7. Get copies of everything you sign. Keep the copies in a safe place.
  8. If you want one of the military’s enlistment options, be sure to ask the recruiter the following questions:
              A) How long to I have to enlist to get this option?

              B ) Are there any extra requirements that have I have           to meet to qualify for this option?

              C) What happens if I don’t meet them, but I’ve already enlisted?

               D) For options that include assignment to a particular base or area, am I guaranteed this assignment for the entire time I’m in?

9. Remember if you don’t like your new job, they don’t have to let you switch, and you can’t quit!

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Nov 16, 2005

Issues to study before enlisting in the armed services

Here are issues you can bring up with your child about enlisting:

1. Are you prepared to fight in any war, in any place, at anytime that the government orders you to?

2. Have you really considered and checked out all the college financial aid and job training and placement possibilities in your community?

2.      Is joining the military something you want to do, or are you being pressured into it by other people?

3.      Is this a spur of the moment decision you may regret later?

4.      Have you talked to any of the many veterans who didn’t like the military? Why didn’t they make the military a career?

5.      If you become unhappy after you enlist, do you know how hard it will be to get out?

6.      If you get less-than-honorable discharge, do you know how hard it will be to get it changed?




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Nov 13, 2005
 No Child Left Un-recruited
A Happy 17th Birthday phone call courtesy of the US Army

By Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff

The No Child Left Behind Act has forced me to deal with an issue that I thought I could let slide by because I was female. I believe that the use of violence to solve problems is wrong. War brings out the worst in humans. Because I never had to register for the selective service, like all males living in the United States have to do, I never went public with my feelings.

In October, 2005, I did something I’ve wanted to do for many years. I entered a Quaker Meeting House, (Church) The biggest reason I did this was because I wanted to meet with people who believed in the world could be changed without the use of violence.

The Quaker meetinghouse sponsored a seminar in Duluth to learn how to teach high-school kids alternatives to joining the military to gaining, money, job security, and travel.

            In the summer of 2004, at the School for Christian Mission, I learned that the No Child Left Behind Act included a passage that said high schools would not receive their money if they did not let military recruiters inside the high schools. I knew I didn’t want my child recruited, but I never did anything about it. One of the Quakers mottos is, “They were changed themselves before they tried to change others,” by William Penn

            On Saturday, March 12, 2004 I came head-to-head with my beliefs. The phone rang. It was a female recruiter from the army wanted to speak to my daughter. My daughter had turned 17 just three days previously on Wed. March 9. My daughter wasn’t home at the time. My heart raced and blood rushed to my face. I was furious. I knew the recruiters where in the schools. I didn’t know they had access to her name and phone number. 

I told the recruited that we were conscientious objectors and I did not want the military contacting my daughter again. The women responded by saying, “Just doing my job, Ma’am.”



 “They were changed themselves before they tried to change others,”
                                                                                William Penn

So at age 44 I had to come to terms with something I thought I could avoid because of my gender, I am a conscientious objector. The military wanted my daughter. 
            We are all responsible for ourselves. I cannot control what you do, I cannot control what my child does after the age of 18, but before age 18 I am responsible for her well-being.

I want to know who is courting my daughter, no matter if it is a young man wanting a date, or the United States Army. 
            When recruiters talk to kids (and they are legally still kids under parents guardianship when they are under 18) the recruiters are selling a product. The military appeals to kids who want adventure, money for college, or a way out of a dead-end situation. It also appeals to people’s sense of patriotism.  

         My next entry will discuss what you, as a parent, can do to keep the recruiters from contacting your child at home.  
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