Military Recruiters Face Competition

The Portland school board is set to adopt a rule to give “counter-recruiters” skeptical about the value of joining the military the same access to high school students that military recruiters enjoy under federal law.

Instead of standing out on the school sidewalk waving signs and offering fliers, anti-war activists will be able to staff recruiting tables and hand out pamphlets in the school career center or cafeteria, just like military recruiters in uniform.

It’s about time.

Author: Laurence Vance

Laurence Vance holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. He has written and published twelve books and regularly contributes articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals.

19 thoughts on “Military Recruiters Face Competition”

  1. Hopefully alternative real opportunities are offered to these kids in addition to alternative viewpoints.

  2. I would love to volunteer for this. I have gotten the chance to speak at our local school in the past. As an anti-war vet I think I can speak from experience about not only the horrors of war, but also how poorly you are treated by the military. Second class citizen doesn't even cover it.

  3. The Title of the Videos on the Internet is: SHOCKING: Slobodan Milosevic was INNOCENT, and I found a five part Documentary on the internet, Unless the CIA changes the internet location, in an attempt to make me look like a liar or a deviant, in order to try to discredit what I wrote.

    SHOCKING: Slobodan Milosevic was INNOCENT Part 1/5, can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FusfOqCtqc ; SHOCKING: Slobodan Milosevic was INNOCENT Part 2/5, can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB1g7Uzgw-Q ; SHOCKING: Slobodan Milosevic was INNOCENT Part 3/5, can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmfoNuS_3og. ; SHOCKING: Slobodan Milosevic was INNOCENT Part 4/5, can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5AmumT_7Os ; SHOCKING: Slobodan Milosevic was INNOCENT Part 5/5, can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHqaIDBpVZc.

    The Video made by a famous American Radio Announcer that is Titled: History of Kosovo, and be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-_QHbUGW6Y , unless the CIA changes the contents and location of that Video in an attempt to try to discredit what I wrote.

  4. Good news indeed, however dont be surprised if we some neocon backed lawsuits in the near future. In addition the calls from the hyper-patriots that the school is "anti-American/pro-Islamist, etc etc.

  5. I would be very useful if the "counter-recruiting" teams emphasized that the only thing making military service attractive to young people today is the economic chaos gripping today's Amerika, a condition deliberately fomented by the very entities that control the Amerikan Imperial Legions.

  6. You better believe the Federal government and all the military's allies in Oregon will be doing all they can, including recall elections, to reverse this decision. If you want to get involved in counter-recruitment, check out Courage to Resist and Veterans for Peace.

  7. Unfortunately the counter-recruiters will be facing a huge uphill battle. After all, they'll be trying to persuade with facts, logic and reason. Meanwhile, the military recruiters will have countless emotional levers (the flag, Mom, apple pie, neat gadgets, cool uniforms, snappy salutes, yada, yada, yada) to pull, as they always do. Also, thanks to the NCLB law they'll have access to students' personal information, which the counter-recruiters won't.

    So what to do? Well, about a year ago I outlined a strategy in a comment to one of Justin's columns. It would require a lot of talented people and hard work, but IMHO it's worth the effort. Meanwhile, the 1st thing the counter-recruiters need to do is print plenty of "opt out" forms so kids can keep the recruiters from calling on them.

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