Talking to Recruiters

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10 Things to Remember when You Talk to a Recruiter

  1. Do not make a quick decision by enlisting the first time you see a recruiter or when you are upset. A recruiter is a salesperson who may give only a positive, one-sided picture of life in the military. Don't make this important decision when you are depressed, hard up for work, confused, unsure about your future, or pressured by your family. This decision affects many years of your life; don't make it lightly.
  2. Take a witness with you when you speak with a recruiter. There is a lot of information to take in. A friend can take notes and help you ask questions.
  3. Talk to veterans. Veterans can give you their view of military life, good and bad.
  4. Consider your moral feelings about going to war The mission of the military is to prepare for and wage war. Are you willing to kill another person if ordered to do so? Would you be willing to fight in any war, no matter what the reason? If you become opposed to war after you join, you may try to get a discharge, but it is a long, difficult, and uncertain process.
  5. Get a copy of the enlistment agreement. Read the fine print carefully, especially what the military can order you to do. You have a right to take it home, look it over, and ask others about it. Be aware of section 9b. http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/forminfo/forminfopage1....
  6. There is no "period of adjustment" during which you may request and receive an immediate honorable discharge. Once you have left for basic training, you must fulfill the entire number of years (usually eight, with some of these in the Reserves) on your enlistment contract. You cannot leave of your own free will. In contrast, however, the military may decide you are "unsuitable" and discharge you without your consent.
  7. Get all your recruiter's promises in writing. emember that the military can change the terms - such as pay, job, or benefits - of your work. Though it's always good to have a written statement , there are no guarantees that it will offer you (as a service member) protection if promises are not met.. In addition, the enlistment agreement is more binding on you than on the military.
  8. There are no job guarantees in the military. The military is not required to keep you on a full-time or permanent basis in the job you trained for. In fact, most recruiters were assigned to recruiting jobs against their will. The kind of job you get depends mostly on what jobs the military needs to fill. Most military jobs are in areas that account for only a small percentage of civilian jobs.
  9. Military personnel may not exercise all of the civil liberties enjoyed by civilians. You will not have the same constitutional rights. Your rights to free speech, assembly, petition, and exercise of individual expression, such as clothing or hairstyle, will be restricted. You will be required to follow all orders given to you, whether you agree with them and consider them right or fair.
  10. Many other opportunities exist for you to serve your community and enhance your skills. Before you decide to enlist, check out other options that would help you "be all you can be." Travel, education, money for school, job training, and adventure can all be found in other ways. For scholarship information check out http://www.fastweb.com

You Need to be Aware of the Armed Forces' Enlistment/Reenlistment Document Section 9b

9. (b) "Laws and regulataions (sic) that govern military personnel may change without notice to me. Such changes may affect my status, pay, allowances, benefits, and responsibilities as a member of the Armed Forces REGARDLESS of the provisions of this enlistment/reenlistment docum

Draft Counseling & Conscientious Objection

We have trained draft counselors who help young people to explore alternatives to the military, and to build conscientious objector files.

Contact: Cheryl Distaso Phone: (970) 419-8944

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Additional Resources

For free counseling and more information about what recruiters might not be telling you, contact:

FSC Youth & Militarism Program
1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 241-7176; http://www.afsc.org/youthmil.htm

Pre-enlistment, military & draft counseling.

Center on Conscience & War
1830 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
1-800-379-2679; http://www.nisbco.org

Pre-enlistment, military & draft counseling.

War Resisters League
339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-0450; http://www.warresisters.org

Pre-enlistment, military & draft counseling.

Poject on Youth & Non-Military Opportunities
(Project YANO)
P.O. Box 230157, Encinitas, CA 92023
(760) 634-3604; http://www.projectyano.org

Information on military recruitment, the draft, non-military career choices and college financing.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to set boundaries for, and provide alternatives to the military influence on youth at schools and in the community.

Our Resolution for PSD

Each Poudre School District student should be made aware of, and be assisted in accessing, appropriate and affordable career opportunities and educational programs, including the military. But, given the level of commitment required of those who join the military, our schools should make a special effort to ensure that students are given full disclosure of the possible consequences of the decision to join the military.

Contact with recruiters should be student initiated. Students should not be harassed by military recruiters. Students and their families who do not want contact from military recruiters should be respected. It is the responsibility of our schools and our district to ensure that student information is not improperly shared with military recruiters.

All Poudre School District Students should learn the basic tenets of international law, including: the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Nuremberg Principles and Article 6 of the Constitution.

The U.S. military should not recruit in public schools. There are many reasons why Youth and Militarism parents, teachers and students might object to military recruiting on campus. Not all of us agree on every issue. Whether it is because of a desire to protect young students from the life-and-death decision that military service presents, objection to the current war in Iraq, fear that recruiters may not present a realistic picture of military life, or disagreement with policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, we do agree that public schools are not a place for military recruitment.

"If we want to survive, we must love our children more than we hate and fear our enemies." - Irene Brown

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