When students asked his advice about military service advice about military service, The Ed Wonk, a veteran himself, used to encourage them to enlist. Now he’s not so sure.
. . . to advise students to enlist in order to go into battle and possibly be injured or killed when our own government doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do over there would be disingenuous on my part.
So… for the time being, I’m sad to say that I’ll no longer be able to say, “yes!” without hesitation when asked by students about serving in our military.
From this point forward, I’ll have to say, “I don’t know. Please talk it over with your parents.”
Being an “influencer” is a heavy responsibility.
The Army missed its recruiting goals for May and June but remains ahead of its targets for the year. Recruiters report parents are less likely to let their 17-year-olds enlist. Recruiters also are spending more time trying to slim down overweight youths who want to enlist.