Military Recruiters Should Be Allowed In Schools

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The United States stopped using compulsory military service (also known as the draft) and moved to an all-volunteer military force in 1973. All branches of the military employ recruiters to maintain and build their forces. While recruitment efforts have always focused on young people, U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has led to criticism of the recruitment of teenagers. In 2001 a law was passed called No Child Left Behind Act, which requires high schools that receive federal funding provide information on students to military recruiters, unless the student or parent opts out. Some people believe that military recruiters should be allowed in schools because students need to be aware of career opportunities and other benefits the…show more content…
Army says that seven out of ten young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are not able to become soldiers because of Obesity, health problems, lack of a high school education, and criminal history. Obesity by itself according to numbers cited by the Army, has risen in children ages 12 to 19 from 5 percent in 1980 to 17.6 percent in the 2006. The three out of ten number that I mentioned will probably be heading for two out of ten by 2020. Last year military recruiters recruited 96,000 young men and women for both the active and reserve army. Probably one of the best ideas for the military is to change some of the standards for certain roles in the military. The current Army policy is that every recruit, whether enlisting for infantry or graphic design, has to meet the same physical requirements to join that may be changing. In the military now they need cyber warriors, so the army is starting to recruit people for Army Cyber. One of the things they are considering is that your mission as a cyber warrior is different. Maybe you're not the Ranger who can do 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and run the 2-mile inside of 10 minutes, but you can crack a data system of an enemy. But you're physically fit, you're a healthy person and maintain your professional appearance, but we don't make you have the same physical standards as someone who's in the Ranger Battalion. However the Army chooses to adapt, the central problem remains that the service is facing a shortage of eligible…show more content…
A few schools give recruiters no more access to students or their information than is granted to any other potential employer. Parents and older students also are allowed to restrict the release of personal information to military recruiters. Some teachers in the district have launched "counter recruiting" efforts, warning students of physical danger, regimentation, and loss of privacy that come with military service. Other students choose to be put on the "don't call" lists. The “don’t call” list means that no employers or military recruiters are allowed to look at their information. Last year’s recruits were 99.7% high school graduates. Marines have aimed to counter teacher's’ opposition to recruiting by inviting the teachers to marine boot camp to ask the marines questions and broaden their perspectives. Teachers and students should be told about the benefits of being in the military. A soldier can get a college degree while on active duty or attend college or technical school at government expense once his or her service is completed. Some teachers try to push away the military as a career. Some teachers say that military service is not an alternative to paying debt to society. Any person with a criminal record has a very slim chance of being accepted into the

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