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Session: “Should I Enlist?” Pros And Cons Of Joining The Military.
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"Serve Your Country"
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Serve Your Country

Stanton Coerr, a Marine officer who served in Iraq, wrote in The Federalist, “No one is in the military against his or her will. A veteran’s service in a war is significant not because we are special, but precisely because we aren’t. We volunteered, we went, we did what the nation asked.” Patriotism – love for one’s country – is a powerful incentive to join the military, and veterans are among those most respected by a thankful nation.

For decades, U.S. citizens have ranked the military as the institution in which they have the most confidence. According to a Gallup poll, the military has ranked above the church, the medical system, and banks. The number of those polled were 9 to 12 times more likely to have confidence in the armed services than big business and Congress respectively. A Pew Research Center poll ranked the military’s contribution to society higher than teachers, doctors, scientists or engineers, and Army veteran Jason Nulton noted for Task & Purpose that “troops today are held in high esteem by the public no matter how much the war itself might be hated.”

 

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This is the opinion of Michael Lewis: moneycrashers.com
"The military gives you the skills to improve"
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The military gives you the skills to improve

A word of advice to any young person who sees the military as an escape from the challenges and difficulties of life, it ain’t that simple. If you think that enlisting in the military is how you want to pursue getting a college degree, you better read the small print. When you join the military, basic training is preparing you to become a soldier. MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) training is preparing you to do a job, a job that helps you to serve your country. You do not enlist in the military to get an education, you enlist to become a soldier. The pursuit of higher education is in your hands. The opportunities are available on just about any military base in the world. But here’s the thing, do not expect someone to guide you to those opportunities or for someone to come and tell you when and where to sign up for college courses. That’s your responsibility. Simply put, it’s just like being a civilian. You must be focused and discipline yourself to get everything out of it that they make available. Military bases are a microcosm of broader society. There are people who pursue education and those who don’t. There are those who get paid, party and spend their money frivolously and those who don’t. As a young person, the military doesn’t change you but it will give you the tools to change. You can choose to use them or not.

 

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This is the opinion of Rev. Ronald J. Tune: huffingtonpost.com
"Military pay is more than adequate"
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Military pay is more than adequate

Pay and benefits. A new second lieutenant starts at over $36,000 a year plus full benefits, not including added monthly allowances of up to $3,000, depending on where he or she is stationed. An enlisted person starts at around $20,000 a year plus full benefits, not including added monthly allowances of up to $1,500 depending on where he or she is stationed. Enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses can be over $20,000. After serving only 3 years, some nuclear trained enlisted members in the Navy receive bonuses of $90,000 for re-enlisting. Student loans can be relieved by up to $65,000. The military is also one of the few places where you can get a full pension after serving 20 years or more. Military retirement can reach 50-75% of the average of your final three years base salary. In some instances, you can receive more than 75% of your base pay in retirement.

 

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"New laws create amazing opportunities for those who serve"
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New laws create amazing opportunities for those who serve

With the signing of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 — creating what’s known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the government provides veterans a launchpad for their lives. In a study by the RAND Corp., 24% of veterans, active-duty military, and eligible dependents surveyed reported that the existence of the new GI Bill drove their decision to enroll in higher education. For the nearly one-quarter of people eligible for the 9/11 GI Bill who are pursuing higher education, job prospects and job security after the military will improve versus if they had opted for a different career path without the possibility of a four-year degree. A look at unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that in 2015, people with only a high school diploma registered at 5.6% unemployed, compared to less than half that, 2.5%, of people with four-year degrees.

 

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▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Diana Moga: taskandpurpose.com
"It’s never a good time to join the military"
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It’s never a good time to join the military

Right this moment, I don’t wish to have the huge, overarching, “Is Joining the U.S. Military a Heroic Act of Public Service or a Dastardly Scheme to Press Poor People Into the Service of Imperialism” argument. (There will be plenty of time for that in years to come, or feel free to look up various iterations of it from our parents and grandparents’ generations.) Let us stipulate that the question of the fundamental rightness or wrongness of the existence and historical use of a powerful, global U.S. military is a question that we may not fully solve in the course of this blog post. There are many people who, for political reasons, would never consider joining the U.S. military in the first place, barring some WWII-level catastrophic need; there are others who consider joining the military to be a patriotic duty and have a deep contempt for those they see as shirking that duty.

 

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▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Hamilton Nolan: theconcourse.deadspin.com
"A parental nightmare"
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A parental nightmare

Your teen has finally become a high school senior! Congratulations!! Now all the hard work and preparation for adulthood has come to a peak! They will be caught up in a whirlwind of planning and preparing for that one final step to adulthood...graduation! You are so excited and then...your teen says, "Mom, Dad, I want to enlist! I talked to the recruiter today at school." You try to hide the horror in your heart with a pasted on smile and say, "Really??" When, not so deep inside, you want to scream, "You've GOT to be kidding me!!!" While you pretend to hear their well-rehearsed response, take a deep breath and think before you go completely off the deep end. I have two sons who each gave me the above scenario. We have all survived, intact.

 

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▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Debbie Carey: letterpile.com
"Singing the Marine Corps blues"
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Singing the Marine Corps blues

Once a Marine recruit hits the actual training process in basic, they quickly learn that they have little to say about their immediate future, as evidenced by this song.

Mama mama can't you see?
What the Marine Corp's done to me
Signed me up for Motor T
But now I hump with infantry

If I die before the dawn
I'll be home before too long
Fold my arms across my chest
And tell my mom I done my best
--- Marine boot camp song

 

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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
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▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Tim King, Afghan war reporter
"Recruiters will tell you anything."
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Recruiters will tell you anything.

Many recruiters are hard-working, honest, and trustworthy; tasked to do one of the most difficult jobs in the military. However, military recruiting is a numbers game, pure and simple. Recruiter careers are made and broken based on whether or not they can meet their monthly quotas (called "goals" in the recruiting world). Keep in mind (depending on the service branch), most recruiters are non-volunteers. Some never wanted the job in the first place, but -- once selected -- are told that the prospect of returning to their previous jobs after three or four years of recruiting duty with an unblemished service record depends primarily upon making their goals.

 

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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Stew Smith thebalancecareers.com
 
 
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YouTube: Strength Over Benches (SOB)
OBSCENE LANGUAGE ALERT: Please note, anyone considering joining the military should understand that foul language plays a large part of U.S. military culture.
 
 
 

Youtube: NICKY MGTV
 
 
 

YouTube: AiirSource Military
Drill Instructor Gives EPIC Speech – United States Marine Corps Recruit Training
 
 
 
Link: Veterans `Kept in the Dark`
Robert J. O'Dowd: Salem-News.com
Anyone considering joining the military should understand that all bases are contaminated with toxins that can cause cancer and other harmful effects. Many veterans will die from military service without ever serving in a war, think about it.
 
 
 
 


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