Originally Posted by AFWife
That's sort of my point. A lot of moms have said, "I wouldn't be okay with the military coming on career day." or "They'd better have a Peace Whatever (I can't find the exact term) to balance it out." What about a police officer? Or a taxidermist? Or someone that works in a slaughterhouse? Do we ban those parents as well because they work in violent professions?
Well, we opt our kids out of the DARE program, and we do work to try to get it out of the schools.
I wouldn't have a problem with a cop or a member of the military (or a taxidermist for that matter) coming once to a career day. At a career day, the person's reason for attending is pretty clear, although I do think the military is more predatory than are your average career day participants. Your typical taxidermist or dermatologist doesn't have much of a vested interest in whether or not a high school kid wants to follow in their footsteps. The same is not true of a military recruiter.
What I object to is the stealth recruiting that starts in elementary school. The military comes in with carefully crafted programs designed to get the kids attracted. I don't want cops in the schools either, because their motives aren't just informational, either. I don't care if the dentist comes in. She's giving a talk about the importance of flossing, not trying to make kids think dentists are cool.
The military is not like other professions. In other professions you can leave pretty easily at any time. "I quit" and walk out the door. Other professions don't tell you where you will live, how you may or may not express yourself, have their own judicial system, etc. It is far more all consuming and a whole lot more dangerous than most jobs.