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Military recruitment in kindergarten

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Jon Lehman:

How old is old enough for students to be approached by military recruiters?

High school? Junior high? Fourth grade? How about ten weeks into kindergarten?

Last week at the dinner table, my five-year-old son announced blithely, "Soldiers came to school today." He then added, "They only kill bad people. They don’t kill good people."
He made the announcement with the same levity he uses in recalling the plot line of Frog and Toad or a Nemo video.

My wife and I looked at each other incredulously.

"Soldiers came to school? What do you mean?" I asked.

He repeated himself and then I remembered – it was "Career Day" at school. My son mentioned a bus driver too, but it was the soldier who stuck out in his mind. When my wife asked if the soldier was cool, he nodded yes.

The soldier had given my five-year-old a gift. From his yellow backpack, he produced a six-inch, white, plastic ruler with big, bold, red letters reading "ARMY NATIONAL GUARD" next to a waving American flag and below that

So, now we know the answer to the above question…

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Written by LeisureGuy

18 November 2009 at 5:18 pm

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  1. I must admit, it doesn’t bother me that they visited on career day along with other career representatives. If they came in other contexts, I might feel differently. And I notice the article completely glosses over whether these soldiers had a link to the student population — so often career representatives come from relatives of the students. The article treats them as professional recruiters, but never explicitly says they were not relatives of someone at the school.


    18 November 2009 at 5:32 pm

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