Wednesday April 8 | Military Recruiting

April 7, 2009 at 10:18 am | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

They’re a familiar sight on high school campuses around the country, but after 9/11 and with the onset of two wars, military recruiters are under intense pressure to keep up quotas. Under that pressure, critics say that recruiters have resorted to questionable practices and deception to garner new soldiers. One group is trying to gain equal access to schools to warn students of additional “costs” of joining the military. We’ll hear from both sides to get the truth about recruiting.
Captain Banks – Recruiter, US Army
1st Sgt. Sharlene Gilmore – Recruiter, US Army
Chuck Fager – Director, Quaker House, Peace Activist Organization

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  1. I have had the pleasure of hosting Sgt. Mitchell from the Army many times in my classroom over the last three years at North Mecklenburg High School. He’s discussed what the Army offers in training and what it offers as a career choice. Sgt. Mitchell has also volunteered to help score products and presentations for the Graduation Project, he’s given lunches to our teachers, he’s even tried to recruit me (a 39 year old teaching veteran). I think we owe it to our students to offer other paths to success besides just college. I never considered the military when I was young, but knowing what I know now, I think I would strongly consider it if I had it to do all over again.

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