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Re "Activists seek to counter military recruiting...

June 14, 2008

Re "Activists seek to counter military recruiting pitch," June 9

Most people have no idea that recruiters are on high school campuses, often talking to students without any adult presence. Recruiting is a high-pressure sales job that targets minors who lack information and alternatives and who are vulnerable to pitches by marketing firms.

This is a continuous thread from infancy to adulthood -- TV programs, print ads, the fatigues that toddlers wear. When youngsters say they don't know why, but they want to join, we should question it. This is a predatory set-up of kids for the war machine. Easy in, impossible to get out. Military recruitment centers are everywhere. Parents can take their children any time to join up.

Recruiting in schools is secretive, deceptive and predatory. It deprives parents of their right to know what is happening to their children at school. Schools are supposed to benefit students. What is the benefit to students of these pressure techniques?

Maureen Cruise

Pacific Palisades

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