Letter: From military recruiters, the sin of omission
We commend Tyler Hussey for his letter, “High pressure techniques from military recruiters” (Monitor, May 23). The recruiting that goes on in our schools is insidious and pervasive.
There are so many ways the Pentagon uses to recruit young, impressionable individuals. For example, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test; the proliferation of JROTC units in high schools; the No Child Left Behind law (Section 9528 allows for the collection of students’ personal, private data if the child or parent does not “opt out”); the use by the Pentagon of the Joint Advertising Market Research Survey) where the military collects students’ personal information through contacting yearbook companies, class ring enterprises, and from trolling Facebook pages.
Regarding recruiters, it isn’t that they all lie, but rather it is the sin of omission they commit. No recruiter is going to talk about the possibility of being killed, losing limbs, traumatic brain injury, PTSD (which can last for a lifetime), the military sexual trauma which occurs in both women and men. Certainly, no recruiter will mention that one in three women will be raped while serving.
We would do well to recall Eugene Debs’s quote: “I would no more teach children military training than teach them arson, robbery or assassination.”
(The writer is coordinator of New Hampshire Veterans for Peace.)