US forces like to boast that they are the best and brightest in the world, but the story of how they got there is often untold and underreported. For example, what is the real driving force behind the decision to enlist in the first place? From high tech army experience centers to professional recruiters who show up in places like schools, malls, and popular hangouts for teenagers, RT's Dina Gusovsky takes a look at recruitment tactics in the United States. Focusing on the stories of three veterans, the question is: Is the Pentagon telling these young men and women the truth about war before they go overseas, or deceiving them just so that they sign their names on the dotted line? This is Part One of the report.
on Oct 22, 2010
In Part One of this military recruitment report, we showed you the various tactics, often misleading methods, being implemented to try to get young men and women to enlist. Part Two focuses on just how far some of these recruiters will go to meet their numbers, targeting younger and younger students as US forces are already stretched thin overseas. Although many parents are unaware of the fact that their kids are heavily recruited in middle school and high school, several activists, veterans, and parents are turning their outrage into action.