posted on Aug, 30 2008 @ 12:44 AM
Sure, I'll tell you of a couple more "databases" - search pages such as Fastweb.com, and Monster.com. These pages are for scholarships and
jobs...a couple of things that the military provides! You or your kids go on these pages and build a profile. If you do not de-select the military
options, you just sent your name, address, and phone number to the military. Then you get a phone call or visit from a recruiter and cuss them out
for doing their job - following up on a possible lead. Another database, this one you CANNOT blame on Pres. Bush is called Selective Service. At age
18, no secret, men are required to register have been for what, 40 years + now??? Bam! Guess who gets the info? I dunno how the rest of you found
this site, but the page told me that "we noticed you came here searching about no child left behind" Uh oh...I might've found another database!
It's called marketing - it's everywhere! As far as age limits...no one under 17 can join the military. Unless they are emancipated, there are very
few exceptions to allow a 17 year old to join without their parent's signing consent!
True, some recruiters are aggressive and may even be coercive, but the majority aren't. If you tell most recruiters you really aren't interested in
joining, they'll probably just go to the next name/number on the list. If you give them the 2 minutes they ask for on the phone, you will probably
disqualify most 18 year olds by either medical history or legal history! IMO if a lead were to be generated by a person going on a website such as
military.com, usmilitary.com etc, and entering all of their contact info...they are begging the military recruiters to contact them and tell them
about the benefits of military life! No recruiter can force ANYONE to join. Unfortunately, as I said, a few are aggressive and have tricked some
people who couldn't process the information for themselves into joining. But in 99+% of the cases of a recruiter processing an applicant, a person
cannot be forced to join! If you don't want to join, don't. Don't provide your SSN. Don't take them your Birth Certificate. Don't take the
ASVAB. Don't get in their car and ride to MEPS! Even if you do all this, join, and later decide that you don't want to do it...don't! Until you
do the final swear-in right before they put you on the bus to Boot Camp, you can simply walk-away! True, they'll say anything to get you to go, one
recruiter was taped saying that you'll be declared a deserter, and go to jail, etc...not possible unless you do the final swear-in for Boot Camp!
Thousand's of people willing join all branches of the military, serve, live, take advantage of the bennies and walk-away every year! Of course, very
little is said about them! All you hear is the bad stuff, because that is what makes media ratings! Believe it or not, many people even serve 20 yrs
in the military and retire without so much as an injury!
Sorry, I didn't mean to ramble...hope I answered a few questions here!