A Soldier's Life
The Choice
The transition between high school and adulthood can be really difficult and uncertain. Will you go to college? Start a career? Join the military? It's an easy time to be taken advantage of, as colleges and the military recruit on high school campuses and compete for the same graduating seniors.
The Pitch
A military recruiter presents the most attractive version of enlistment possible. They leave out several negative aspects of military life, such as involuntarily having your term of service extended, being sent to battle, and having your job changed without your consent. Although many people have successful careers in the military, many young people have a more negative experience. They trust the recruiter, sign a contract and if they break it they can be court-martialed - tried in a military court where the defendant has fewer rights than in a civilian court. Before you make a life-changing decision, make sure that the information you have is true. Don't commit yourself based on exaggerations and lies.
Don't let anyone use you
A 2011 study in the American Journal of Public Health questions whether military recruiters should be allowed to target people under the age of 18. According to the study, young people in the military can suffer mental health problems from stress, including PTSD, depression and traumatic brain injury. These problems can persist even after their military careers have ended. It is possible to have a positive, rewarding experience in the military, but there are also other ways to serve your country. Be aware of your choices and, above all, don't let anyone use you.
The Alternatives
Don't just listen to us. Would you like to hear more from a veteran about his experiences in the military? Or learn about alternatives to the military that provide similar benefits, including help with college tuition? Then watch the video and click the links below.