Do you really have enough information to make this life-changing decision?
Please share this public service announcement, currently airing on community radio KORC-FM in Corvallis…especially if you have a family member or friend who is considering joining … or even if they’ve signed up in the “delayed entry program.”
Still have questions? You should! Talk to a veteran who’s been there: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Veterans for Peace is alarmed by the increased presence of military recruiters in our high schools. The Army and other branches are falling well short of their recruiting goals and are ramping up pressure on schools to allow increased access to students.
Rather than work against this military presence, Veterans for Peace has for many years had an occasional presence in schools but with the goal of ensuring those students who are considering a career in the military know enough about the system to demand truthful and accurate answers to their questions for military recruiters. That’s why we call our program, “Truth in Military Recruiting.”
A few things students may not be aware of:
⁃ The military can change anything specified in the enlistment agreement without notice to the student or enlistee. “Anything” might include promised training, the candidate’s ultimate career specialty or their assigned duty station location.
⁃ If the student signs up in the delayed entry program, thereby delaying his or her boot camp reporting date until perhaps later the following summer, that student can easily and legally change their mind and decide not to report, with absolutely no repercussions. There is no obligation to show up for anything until the candidate is sworn into the military when they arrive at boot camp.
The military is a complex system and joining is a serious, life-changing decision. Students need to know the truth about the jobs, life style, restrictions on free speech, and the risks of death, injury, and sexual victimization before signing up.
Please see our web site, vfpcorvallis.org for more information. That’s VFP, as in Veterans for Peace,…vfpcorvallis.org.”