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Date: May 25 2007

Themes: School, Work


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The United States military is the largest in the world. It has bases on every continent and 1.4 million active soldiers. The military has to work hard to keep new people signing up.

Military recruiters come to high schools and encourage students to become soldiers when they graduate. In the US, you can’t drink until you’re 21 years old, but on your 18th birthday you’re legally able to commit a number of years to military service. Kevin knows an 18-year-old who just joined the Army and it frightens him.


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Kevin:  A good friend of mine called me the other day and she’s, she’s concerned because her 18-year-old son enlisted in the army.

Mason:  Really?

Kevin:  Yeah.

Mason:  Did he get nabbed by a recruiter or something?

Kevin:  Well you know how they sometimes go into the high schools…

Mason:  The guy was in my cafeteria and he’s got stickers and pencils and all that trying to get everybody to enlist.

Kevin:  So what you can do is…once you’re 18 of course, he’s an adult, so he went down to the enlistment office…

Mason:  What do they call it…recruitment office?

Kevin:  ...and he signed up. There’s nothing the parents can do. There’s nothing a parent can do if that person’s 18.

Mason:  He can legally, I mean, he’s an adult now at 18.

Kevin:  And he signed on the dotted line, so he’s in.

Mason:  I mean, I always get kind of disturbed because our military is voluntary, but it feels like they’re almost tricking people into signing up. They say we’re going to pay for you to go to college or do all these that are enticements. But to me it’s the exact wrong reason that you should be signing up for the military.

Kevin:  No, at the same time, I know people who have been in the military and feel like they’ve greatly benefited from it. I think the current situation is very different because all these people are being sent to a war.

Mason:  Yeah, nobody actually joins the military to be in a war.



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Kevin’s friend’s son just joined the army. Because he is 18 years old, his parents have no control over if he enlists or not.

The 18-year-old was recruited at his high school. Mason thinks that it’s wrong to recruit in high schools because students are convinced to join the military for the wrong reasons.

Kevin says he knows people who were very glad that they joined the military. However, one is not likely to be glad to have joined now because there is a war going on.

How do you feel about the military and recruiters in schools?



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Cherry lei have said some thing that I agree on.

And I would ad something Prem Rawat said one day:

Peace is new solution for an old problem.


10:00 PM May 31 2007 |



Syrian Arab Republic

American military is very violence and they committed many crimes in Iraq , Afganestan and many countries which they invaded . I hate USA military .

08:55 AM May 31 2007 |




i think so


04:00 AM May 31 2007 |

mona alshammari

Saudi Arabia

It is hurt to see people fighting each other in war، but we have to deal with this situation intellectualy.

03:20 AM May 30 2007 |




the only thing we need is peace!!! 

05:44 PM May 29 2007 |


United States

I dont like the war at all. But I'm glad people will go and fight for our country.I'm proud of the people that does what they do.

03:56 PM May 29 2007 |




I have not used my english for two years long.Can't believe this.But when today i vist this place,i find it's amazing.And i find back my feeling.

09:31 AM May 29 2007 |




I have not use my english for two years.Can't believe this.But  when i vist this place, i find it's good.

09:28 AM May 29 2007 |




I come here to improve my english as everyone does.Because i haven’t use it for two years.God bless me.

09:25 AM May 29 2007 |


Viet Nam

In my opinion,human no need to fight against so that we do not want to the army,we hate the war

03:42 PM May 28 2007 |



in my opinion, army is the very important and . after 20 we should join but it will be voluntary….

02:48 PM May 28 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

ops,  in my country no voluntary to militaryCool

02:45 PM May 28 2007 |

super wen

super wen


US can do what they want if they have military, They just want to destroy the peace all over the world!

02:03 PM May 28 2007 |



United Kingdom

All honour to the US military. I'm sure it's no easy job!

09:31 PM May 27 2007 |



it too bad to have a war in the world!

i sugest that everybody should to do something to provide the war!


12:59 PM May 27 2007 |




how come they can trick the guys from high school to join military!!!

12:22 PM May 27 2007 |



some want wars for their own advantage ,at least for threaten.

10:31 AM May 27 2007 |



we all want peace,who could want wars?

06:03 AM May 27 2007 |



i want to make some friends here for improve my english well.i’m glad to join!

02:42 AM May 27 2007 |




The military is one of my greatest fantasies. I have the passion for it and everything. Maybe someday my wish will materialise.


11:12 AM May 26 2007 |

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