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 Right or wrong : Soldiers in schools talking about joining the military.?
Soldiers have been going to highschools and telling the students benefits of joining the military and trying to recruit them. I think it's totally wrong for them to do that to students, anyone ...


 Shouldn't you have a right to say no to being drafted to the military?
So, Ok say your name is on the list to get drafted...
and you refuse to go, why should you get put in jail for wanting to live and not "Serving your Country"as they would say?
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 US troops in Iraq, you owe me an apology?
I tried to talk to you and help you, so you could see where your problems are.

But you have only insulted me, AND you don't respect non violence.

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 Is George Bush mad?
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 Who's ready for a women commander-in-cheif?
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 How come you won't enlist in the military and go to Iraq?
I'll tell you why you won't go. It's because the war is wrong and worthless and you know it....


 What is the most workable solution to end the Arab-Israeli Conflict ?
This is intended for the students of La Salle Green Hills sections A& B of the Second Year Level but everyone is welcome to share their thoughts on the issue....


 Which is the most pointless war in history?
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 How do you British people feel about the robbery of the Falklands islands from the Argentinians on 1982?
That war caused death and unemplyment to thousands of Argentinians how do you imperialists feel like messing with others peolple countries?...


 Would you sleep with a military wife while her husband is serving over seas?
Hey single guys have needs to and I find it difficult these days to find single ladies (especially attractive single ladies). As far as married women go the military wives are the easiest for obvious ...


 If I stood outside a soldiers funeral and yelled out 'Bush is to blame for this' would you appreciate it?
I mean he is to blame for it, but would you be offended that i was pointing out the obvious?...


 American dreamers?
Every so often on here, some Americans asks the question; "If it wasn't for us bailing out the British in WWII, they would be speaking German"
Are these guys living in cloud ...


 What do you think about Area 51?
tell me what u ...


 Name the country whose army is the strongest.
that does not have any fear from death,...


 Scotland has, and has always had the bravest and best soldiers in the world. Do you agree?
Along with our real allies, the Irish and French. We would be able to stand up to anyone. Including the USA, who I doubt would take side against the home countries of most of their (white) ...


 Are you for or against the war in Iraq when it's costing the USA $16 billion a month?
How long should we stay or should we pull out immediately?...


 Why does america help israel by giving them weapons??

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Don't forget about those innocents and ...


 The Chinese can destroy the Brits. What makes the Brits think they can beat America?
Don't lie. I've seen many of you actually admit that you can take down America. If the Chinese and Russians can destroy you, what makes you think you can beat us?
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 Does anyone agree that "Little USA", Israel, cannot just strut into some other country without a UN mandate?
They are the first demonstration that America's disregard for international law and cowboy style military intervention is contagious. Only a matter of time before some country tries genocide on ...


 What do you think of when you see the British Flag?

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First: ...this question was asked in response to the same one asked about the US flag. These answers were ...



cream city chick
My 19 year old son wants to enlist in the Army...?
As his mom I am scared... my son seems so quite and gentle I know he's trying to find his own identity and independence. I guess I just want to know how others of you out there have faired in the army. Especially recently. He's only completing his first year of college. Will this set him back in terms of a career when his commitment is over?
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I don't for one second think that I can tell him what to do. This is his decision I have to respect and support any one he makes. I just want info so that I can print them out and let him read them, give him different unbiased view points, not coming from his mother. I give him enough credit that he fully understands the dangers involved.



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J.W.
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Take him to a local Veteran Administration Hospital and ask vets if they would do it over again. Let him talk to them and get the real skinny on how it is rather than paid recruitment officers that will never see combat and who have obviously submitted answers here. if he still wants to enlist. Have him arrested for stupidity and hopefully he will become ineligible.

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Charlotte F
Please do what ever you can to avoid him enlisting - no good will EVER come of it.

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Kirstin
Remind him enlisting now means supporting the war. Tell him about the dangers, suggest peace corps or coast gaurd. that's about all you can do. The army will help with his career, if he comes back, forgive me, alive and in one piece.

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bildymooner
Good for him. I know it is scarry but just be proud and let him be the best he can. They will pay for collage when he gets out. You never know that may be his calling.

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jungle_jape
Well your son is 19 so technically he can make his own decisions. I enlisted in the Army and was sent to boot camp a month after high school. I know the thought of him going to Iraq is scary but there's a chance he might not go. My brother enlisted and is currently in Kuwait for a year. I myself was deployed to Iraq. He just has to weigh the pros and cons. During the last semester of high school, many people (including some family members) highly discouraged me from going, and this was before 9/11. For the positive reasons mentioned from people above, I think it's a good choice; even if he enlists only for a couple years. I've been out for 3 years and am in my 3rd year of college. I have a part-time job and the GI Bill pays me a hefty amount every month, a little over $1,600 a month. Yeah there are risks but he can get so much back.

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beat his *** and tell him dont be stupid. who is the parent here doesnt matter if he is 40 he is your baby

iraq= death
DO YOU WANT THIS FOR HIM?

Geesh

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gandamack1
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tell him Air Force or Coast Guard...we are at war

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Dwight N
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I suggest persuading him to finish college and then joining afterwards or pushing him towards Coast Guard.

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welshlad2303
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let him go, he will have a good life ahead of him if he goes!! ok with the war in iraq and afghanistan (if u can call them wars, i prefer occupations) will probably make him weary of signin up anyway, and a probable war with iran on the cards lol!! let him go, fight for the name of his country, dnt fight for tony blair and all them freaks in government, dnt even think hes doin it for them, hes fightin for the namoe of our country! i am assuming hes british and not a yank? if hes a yank, i wouldnt let him join, do u really want to see ur son go to prison for friendly fire incidents??? lmfao!!!
hes a man now anyway, u have no say in what he does in his life! let him get on with it!

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peyton986
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You should tell him to think about it more. I am 20 years old and in my junior year of college and Im thinking about the officer programs available in the military. Tell him he should consider continuing his education and pursuing a career as an officer because then he gets the best of both worlds...college and military.

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ur a Dee Dee Dee
Make sure he finds a job that he is really interested in. I'm in the Air Force and I joined when I was 18 (almost 19) but I didn't actually leave until I was 20(almost 21). I love my job and the people I work with. I am currently in Afghanistan and I'm making tons of extra money and having a lot of fun. (by extra money I mean for the 4+months I'll be here I will have earned an extra $10,000)

The military life is really fun for me. I'm married with no kids and been in since 2005. My job is a weapons troop for the F15 fighter jet. (I can tell you more about the life if you want to e-mail me)

There are plenty of opportunities for him to continue school. They (at least the AF) really encourages it. There are plenty of programs to help with cost besides the GI bill. You can also go into the education office and just take the college test for a course and if you pass you get the credits...it's free too!

I'll be happy to tell you more if you want to e-mail me.
I think it's a great idea. There are so many different programs he can get involved in on base to help him figure out things like paying bills, organizing finances, buying a car, etc...basically people to talk to help teach you the tricks to being a sucsessful and independant adult.

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amberm
I love how everyone is telling you to not let him join. First of all, he's 19 which means he's considered an adult in all 50 states, therefore its his choice to join. I'm in the Air Force. I enlisted right after high school and I couldn't have made a better choice. If he does join and doesn't like it, he can always get out after his 4 years.

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Matt
If his ambition is to serve his country, then be strong and supportive. If he's doing it for career purposes its better to have your degree before you go in. If he's bored and just wants to do something else, tell him to join the Air Force.

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followme
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your son will be fine, the military will teach him how to make decisions,how to be responsible, he will learn how to pay attention to detail,leadership,discipline,how to be a team player,how to be organized, respect, he will be doing something worth something, he wont just be another punk on the block.

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kmf77
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I joined at 18. I am a female, and did learn a few things. Respect your son's courage for wanting to join. It is a dangerous profession, there is no doubt about that, but you need to have faith in his decision. There are many people who think that what we are doing now is wrong, but these men and women join on there own, and they deserve to be supported, no matter what. These people are fighting for our freedom.

Since he is in college, he could rank as an officer after training. Many officers do not see combat. They are the ones in charge.

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BigWashSr
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Ma'am.. I have been in the Army for 21 years.. I have a child in the Army who has served overseas in Iraq.. The Army is a wonderful place to get started.. We don't ask for experience.. We give it.. As far as college is concern.. I have two Masters degree and I am currently working on my Doctorate. He can take on line courses if he is deployed. He can go as far as he want to go.

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im_the_online_jesus_fukers
Enlisting is the best decision one can make. I joined in 99 and went to boot camp the day of my last final in high school and haven't looked back. I have been in 8 years and loved every minute of it. The benefits are good, it gives you skills for civilian life, self discipline, a sense of pride, he will make the best friends of his life while he is in. He can enlist for two years to try it out. I say go for it!

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carpentershammerer
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Have faith in God and your son's decision.

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kevman0713
first off every mother is scared of her son/daughter joining the military but from a personal experience it is one of the most rewarding careers a person can have along with the pride in serving their country. if anything if your son decides to join their are so many jobs that he can do in the military and believe it or not after his first enlistement is up and he decides to go to college the military will pay for your schooling. good luck with your decision. god bless

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taxigringo
When your son becomes a U.S. soldier he will be doing a very worthwhile service to the United States. The people that he associates with will determine, more than anything else, what kind of effect it will have on him. The type of unit he is assigned to will have much to do with the quality of his experience.
A hitch in the Army will help his education in the long run because when he gets out he will have much assistance and maturity.
Needless to say, the Army is not a safe place. We may go to war with Iran or North Korea or China or you name it. The freeways aren't so safe either.

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kdcobbler
Congrat to you Mom!!! Your not trying to make your son stay out or go in. Your doing what being a parent is about. To your son>>>> bigger congratulations to you. The Army can be good for you. I advise you to do your homework on the Army, and the kind of soldier you'd like to be. Do you want to be enlisted or an officer? Oh and make sure you want to do what you sign up to do. Good Luck!!!

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ringolarry
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If money is a problem to get into college, then he needs to go into the service. As others have posted, myself included, the military builds great charctacter and builds a great future for college where before there was little to offer.
If money is not a problem for him to achieve his personal goals in life including college, then support him and keep him from harms way, not that it will forever keep him safe because every day when all people walk out into the streets, we take the chance that an accident might happen. Either way there are no guarantees.
I hope this helps.
Petty Officer Third Class, US Navy, Veteran
Loving Husband with wife and 4 children
God bless.

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Otto
Suggest that he finishes college and goes into the officer training/candidate program.

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Diane A
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You don't really have a choice in the matter. When I joined it was the start of desert storm and I chose Chemical Warfare as my MOS - I was sent to Korea for a year then to Ft. Drum. I was in the ARMY for 4yrs and it taught me how to stand on my own and know that I can do more than I ever thought I could. Once I got out my GI bill paid for the entire 4yr college degree and I can use my VA benefits for home loans, business loans, taxes, etc.
Allow your son to make his own decision, he will respect you for it and you will respect him more because of the commitment he is making.

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His Angel
He will gain a lot of experience in the Army for potential future jobs, such as a police officer, SWAT, etc. My husband joined at either 18 or 19 and he was sent to Iraq about 1.5 years after he joined. He is currently over there and while I am not quite sure what effect the war will have on him, I believe he has gained a certain sense of pride and dignity since serving in a war.

I am very proud of my husband and as a daughter, I believe you should support your son no matter what. There is nothing worse than a parent who doesn't believe in you!

He will most likely be deployed and while dangerous, it would be a great life experience for him.

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Destiny
He's an adult, and he's going to have to make a decision on his own. If you don't support his choices, at least let him know you are there for him no matter what. The worst thing a parent can do is to tell a child trying to better themselves, or perhaps find direction in life, is to tell them that they are going the wrong way about it. A lot of people have a problem with the military because of the war, but outside of that it is an excellent opportunity with medical benefits, education, and areas for advancement. For someone who wants to see places, and wants a change in life the military is good. It saved my brother from a life of drugs and crime, cleaned him up, helped him find direction and four years later when he got out he became a professional. It helped him help himself...and maybe you're son is looking for that same help.

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DFatOne
Not to be disrespectful in any way, however joining the militart in this day in age is basically a bad move. The war on terror hasn't reached it's full peak yet the chances of your son going to war is about 100%, not only in Iraq, or Afghanistan those are only the two starting points there will be more and more wars in the not so distant future. Let him wait to get drafted. I understand it is his decision to make up his own mind just remind him the price for joining the military is basically his life. I served when I was younger and thank God I am to old to serve now this is the scariest time on earth to be alive.

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Anyone who says that the military is fun and they love it is only because they cant do anything else. I am in the Army and I did 2 tours in Iraq I made money but you have to be alive to enjoy it. The Air Force chick she likes it now cause she doesnt have kids wait till she does. Im married and my wife is in the army and we dont have kids. Its not worth it. We are both going to college at the sametime and its hard. We have nice things but with a collge degree you will always have better opportunities. Dont listen to air force people they lie so much. I use to work with them in iraq. They always get put on stupid details and they work so long and hard. If anything let him do the national guard.

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beccalynn14bb
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Coming from someone who is married to a US Army Reservist, ask him where he plans on being in 6 years. Does he want a family? Does he want a wife and children?
Then tell him it probably isn't the best choice. As much as I love my husband, I hate this war, and he's being sent to Iraq in the next few months, and I'm terrified. We have a 7 month old daughter, and my greatest fear is that she might not ever know her daddy. The Army may seem appealing right now, but if he wants more out of his life and plans on going in the Reserves, National Guard, or long-term Active Duty, then he really needs to think beyond that, to how his actions now will effect his future.
My husband recommends that if he does want to serve his country and it's something he truly feels he needs to do, that he should go 2 years active and then get out. That way he'll have all the training, he'll have the experience, and he'll be a better person for it, but it won't control or determine the rest of his life.
I wish him and you, the absolute best of luck. I know how hard it is to see someone you love so much make a choice that could possibly hurt them. What I don't know is how hard it must be to let your child make that choice, since you have this strong need to protect them, and yet know that you have to let them go and make their own choices. *hug* My thoughts are with you.

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idaho69442
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You are right to be concerned. My mom did'nt like me joining when I was 19, but it was the best descision I ever made. I was a quiet and gentle kid myself and the military helped me come out of my shell. He can still continue college while he is in the military. There are a lot of opportunities for education in the military. GI bill and other assistance only available for vets does'nt hurt either.

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josephmaja
If your son really believes that he belongs to the military,let him be,and be not afraid,have faith in GOD,hell take good care of your son,,I understand your concerns,,,be vocal to him so he would know whats in your mind and heart,,,,but respect his decisions

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