US Military: Stop recruiting minors for warfare
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U.S. House of Representatives
Virginia
Sen. Tim Kaine
Michigan
Sen. Carl Levin
South Carolina
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Arizona
Sen. John McCain
Ohio-10
Rep. Michael Turner
Vermont
Sen. Bernie Sanders
California-25
Rep. Buck McKeon
Washington-09
Rep. Adam Smith
South Carolina-02
Rep. Joe Wilson
California-53
Rep. Susan Davis

US Military: Stop recruiting minors for warfare

    1. Kevin Haake
    2. Petition by

      Kevin Haake

      Lincoln, NE

It is common practice for the US military to actively recruit minors for enlistment.

Military recruiters are a common sight in our high schools, and they often make unwanted contact with our young people via phone calls and social media, trying ultimately to woo these kids into a combat zone. Indeed, the recruitment services have a large marketing budget at their disposal, much of which is targeting our kids. This activity has been going on for years, but why on earth is it allowed?

It shouldn't be.

As a society, we have determined that minors aren't yet ready to drink, to smoke, to vote, to get married, and so on, but yet it is deemed to be okay to try to hard-sell them into an eight-year limited-rights binding contract where they could be killed or be forced to kill? This is simply and clearly wrong. It needs to stop.

We call upon our elected representatives and the US military to put an end to this unnecessary and shameful practice. We call upon them to ban all recruitment of and marketing to minors for military service.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 5 months ago

      "The saddest sight these days is the image of hundreds of thousands of children kidnapped and lured into being child soldiers from the age of eight. "

      -- Sir Roger Moore

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    • Phillip Garner ANTIOCH, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      America is the most militarized nation on earth and the cost to the lives of the citizenry is felt the most when children become sacrifices the states corporate war machine that benefits the war profiteers.

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    • Jeffrey Arnett O'FALLON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Teenagers are impressionable and at a young age. So full of doubt and feel they have to prove themselves. Who else is a prime enough target to take advantage of?

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    • Benjamin Hochstedler WHITEFISH BAY, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      Ethics of warfare is debatable and just like freedom of religion requires an absence of religious practices in our public schools that have no educational purpose, so should activities that promote warfare.

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    • Kelly Parrish STEVENS, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      My daughter has been getting recruitment papers since she completed 6th grade. To me this is absolutely ridiculous! She was confused as to why the Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines were trying to enlist her when she was too young to even get a job. Eleven year old children should not have to deal with this. They are just learning to change rooms for classes let alone make major decisions about their future.

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