Sacramento anti-war activists are urging students to “be all they can be” without joining the military.

Students are shown a brief video in which former members of the military talk of boring jobs, harassment and disillusionment with the military.

. . . Soldiers in an OER video talk of trouble finding jobs. The video includes footage of wounded soldiers and others talking about post-traumatic stress disorder.

Students also get information on how to apply for college scholarships, and how to serve in AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.

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  1. Ross the Heartless Conservative says:

    Wow, anti-war activist who are actually willing to put forth an arguement istead of just trying to suppress the ability of the military to recruit. I wish there was more of this type of activism. I disagree with the activists but it is great that they are engaging in a battle of ideas instead of just focusing on keeping the military from being able to recruit.

    And yes, I know that several of the statements made as part of the activists presentation are misleading at best but at least they are out there and can be rebutted.

  2. dissento says:

    Students also get information on how to apply for college scholarships, and how to serve in AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.

    They make a good point! After hearing about the deceptive and coercive tactics military recruiters have been using, it great to see students get a balanced portrayal of military life.

  3. Balanced portrayal my foot.

    When they show the high school drop out that can’t make it after his tour along side the twenty-something year-old female Captain (and Program Manager) I worked with on a spacecraft project, maybe I’ll say there is some balance. Oh, our Program Manager, the Captain’s civilian counterpart, had as many years working in the industry as the Captain had in this world. Talk about opportunity!

    For every looser or sad sack they show from the military, I can show you one in civilian life. So what?

    By all means, show opportunities to work in the Peace Corps or other non-military service organizations (that actually do something). That’s great. There is, however, the implication that everyone in the Peace Corps was happy with the experience. I doubt that is the case.

    Finally, “deceptive and coercive” recruiters are all the rage in the news, but when was the last time you even heard about recruiters that were doing their community a service? Shoot, some colleges won’t even allow recruiters on their campus. That’s balanced?


  4. BadaBing says:

    I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;
    I woke, and found that life was Duty.

  5. Patrick says:

    Many people enter the military lacking the discipline it takes to succeed at anything. Most will gain that discipline in the military without even realizing that they have. Most will get out after their first enlistment and some of them will have nothing good to say about their military experience. Over time (as they mature), most of the ones who had originally bad-mouthed the military come to realize that joining the military was the best thing they ever did. You’d be surprised at how many come back to the military after being out for only a few months.

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    …and how about that nasty old fire department, squirting water all over, getting things wet and making us get out of the way of their big red monster trucks.