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  •  I have a simple solution. (0+ / 0-)

    No military-sponsored youth groups brainwashing vulnerable adolescents. Problem solved.

    The most greedy among us abuse the most needy among us.

    by wideout179 on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 12:15:59 PM PST

    •  Disagree. (4+ / 0-)

      First of all, the military is not inherently a bad thing at all.  For some people, it is the best career course possible; it just fits them.  The problem arises when the recruiters lie, put undue pressure on kids and so forth.  This is a problem that needs be addressed, but I would not advocate throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

      There is a kid that my wife and I have been kind of mentoring for a few years.  His family situation is messed up to no end; for a time, he was into some gang violence and such.  He's pretty smart, but really isn't inclined to go straight into college.  At this point, he's in contact with another friend of ours, a career Air Force segregant.  At this point, he's signed up to do a stint in the AF.  And personally, I think that this is the best possible thing for him.

      Another facet are programs like Drum Core, that I've mentioned about.  Some of those groups are sponsored by the military, but they are not military groups.  They provide discipline and give kids something really creative to do, especially when schools are cutting programs like mad.

      Finally, note that the student in question was involved with JROTC in order to get into the Merchant Marines.  This seems like someone who has looked forward in life, looked at what avenues need to be traversed to get there, and done what she needed to do.  In this case, the JROTC is her gateway to this career path; I would not deny her that option.

      Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand. -- Neil Peart

      by JRandomPoster on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 12:32:37 PM PST

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