Target: United States Department of Defense
Goal: Stop convincing young adults to enlist in the military under false pretenses.
Each year, young adults enlist in the U.S. military, encouraged by promises of higher education and job training. Little do they know that “higher education” usually means they’ll be educated in a field that’s only useful to the military. The same goes for the job training. Not only do military recruiters encourage enlistment through false pretenses, they also typically prey on young adults from low-income areas. Tell the U.S. Department of Defense to stop being deceptive and end its dishonest recruitment practices.
Military recruiters have convinced young adults to join the military by promising them free higher education, job security and the opportunity to see the world. What they don’t tell potential enlistees is that few recruits who enlist in the military actually end up receiving a higher education. And to even be eligible for it, recruits usually have to submit a nonrefundable $1,200 deposit, which many find themselves unable to pay. As for job training, most job training enlistees receive don’t transfer to the civilian world since much of the training is military-related. Serving your country also doesn’t seem to reap many rewards once enlistees finish service seeing as 48% of members of the military have financial difficulties. Additionally, almost 33% of homeless men in the United States are veterans and close to 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night of the year.
Since the military draft ended, it seems lying to young adults so they’ll willingly put themselves in harm’s way for government and corporate interests is the new method of recruitment. Tell the U.S. Department of Military that as taxpayers, we don’t accept this form of dishonesty. Potential enlistees should know the possible risks involved with joining the military. Ask it to discontinue its deceptive recruiting practices.
Dear United States Department of Defense,
Each year, you convince young adults to join the military under the false pretense that they will receive a higher education and job training. Seeing as there are hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans and millions of military members facing financial strain, there must be some reason why it’s necessary to lie to potential enlistees in order to get them to join.
If young adults are going to put their lives in danger to fight for America, the least recruiters can do is let them know what they’re getting themselves into. Bribing young adults so they’ll go kill others or potentially be killed is not acceptable. We ask that you discontinue the deceptive practice of recruiting young adults to the military under false pretenses.
[Your Name Here]
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