Truth in Recruiting
The systematic and purposeful Betrayal of
the American Soldier
Important Information for High School Students!
How to Avoid being on the Military Recruiters' list
Protect your Constitutional Right to Privacy:
Opt-out Form for High School Students
The Marine Corps is still struggling to stop drill instructors from abusing recruits
The U.S. Marine Corps continues to grapple with hazing at its storied recruit training center at Parris Island in South Carolina, where the service punished at least eight drill instructors and a number of officers for abusive behavior last year, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing multiple internal investigations. Click here for details from Task and Purpose.com
If the Military is so great, why are suicides increasing--among both
active-duty soldiers Veterans?
Veteran Deaths according to Military.com The last DoD Survey was for 2016, when the rate across all the military services was 21.1 deaths per 100,000 active-duty service members.
Active Duty Rates Data
Rates for the individual services that year were:
- 19.4 per 100,000, based on 61 deaths, for the Air Force;
- 26.7 per 100,000, based on 127 deaths, for the Army;
- 15.3 per 100,000 based on 50 deaths, for the Navy;
- 21 per 100,000, based on 37 deaths, for the Marine Corps.
WHY?? Why target 17-18 year olds?
Brain researchers have shown in the last 10 years what Military has known for centuries. The younger the person, the easier to condition them to obey. And there is a biological reason. The brain scientists discovered with their imaging equipment that the frontal lobes are the command center for functions such as self-control, responsibility, planning for the future, and forecasting the results of today's behaviors. Further, these lobes are not fully developed until the age of 28!! In other words, if someone told me someone was bad just because they were born in a country with different ideas and a different religion, I would smile and dismiss the source of the information—but not if I were 18. And the saddest part is that the military conditioning lasts into adulthood, even after the military service—unless some serious personal and/or professional intervention to re-condition the moronic slogans of boot camp and the horroric memories of combat that have to be continually justified.
You think you have a contract with the Government?? Before you sign the DD4 look at the wording, it reads "Enlistment/Re-enlistment Document? It's a Document, a piece of paper, JAMRS Fact Sheet and Opt Out Form with an explanation of recruiting database under the guise of "marketing research" with a form for opting out of the survey and recruitment databases. Form on Page 4.“ Technically, there is no way to keep your personal information out of the JAMRS database. However, if you fill out an opt out form and send it to the JAMRS headquarters, the DOD will keep your name in a 'suppression file.' Your information will be inaccessible to recruiters and remain in a sealed suppression file. In May 2005, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that it was going to create a massive database for recruiting [to assist the recruiters to reach their monthly quota].The DOD's 'Joint Advertising and Market Research & Studies (JAMRS)' system proposed to combine student information, Social Security Numbers (SSN), and information from state motor vehicle repositories into a mega database housed at a private direct marketing firm. Approximately 25 million individuals' information would be in the database, and there is no way to opt out.
In 2006 the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) sued the DOD, resulting in a few changes to JAMRS policy. “The DOD agreed to 'stop disseminating student information to law enforcement, intelligence or other agencies and instead limit the use of the JAMRS database to military recruiting; limit to three years time the DOD retains student information; stop collecting SSNs; stop collecting information about students younger than 16; establish and clarify procedures by which students can block the military from entering information about them in the database and have their information removed.”What is ths information used for? communications programs help broaden people's understanding of military service as a career option, while our internal government market research and study programs help bolster the effectiveness of all the Services' recruiting and retention efforts.” It drives the Todaysmilitary.com recruiting and advertising efforts.
Thanks to extensive and wonderful work by NNOMY (National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth) Please check out their website for many resources for helping your sons and daughters by working with the school board and city governments, including, but not limited to materials such as the kit below:
NNOMY's complete kit for parents and teachers
Back-to-school kit for counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization Organizing
An Informative anti-recruitment brochure to pass out at your local events and meeting
"Thanks to Veterans for Peace"
Opt-out Form for High School Students
The DD4 reads "Enlistment/Re-enlistment Document? It's a Document, not a Contract.
U.S. courts of law and government say,"No! We have no obligation to you—even if your are wounded in battle."
Check the Form, it does not state you will be taken care of even with battle injuries!
Take Mr. Mahoney as an example. He fought in the Korean War--60 years ago and the VA still will not give him compensation for his PTSD due to battle injuries
who was wounded when he was thrown 15 feet in the air by a mortar, plus his treatment at a VA Hospital which he described to a Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter:
“The reason I didn't know what I was doing was because of shock treatments,” Mahoney said in an interview at his modest east Las Vegas home. I spent eight months in a psychiatric ward at Fort Hood, Texas . All I remember is being shipped out of there in a straight jacket, strapped to a stretcher,” he said.
For the entire report by journalist, Keith Rogers, see
Korean War Vet Mahoney, 83, still fighting war disability
More than 80 years ago in 1934, the United States Supreme Court said: NO--not responsible, no contract.
This means that if you are disabled in service, you may not be cared for properly. If you suffer long term injury to your health from being to close to toxic weapons (such as from radiation and/or chemical harm from the "depleted uranium" weapons which our military has used in both Gulf Wars), or believe that you are ill because of being forced to submit to unapproved vaccines (such as the mandatory Anthrax vaccination program) during the Gulf Wars, you may be ignored. You may not get the educational benefits that were promised to you. Why?
U.S. government and courts of law say that veterans' benefits — such as disability compensation and pensions are “GRATUITIES” — unearned gifts from the U.S. Government, to which you have no meaningful legal and enforceable right.
If the Government needs to balance the budget—guess who gets cut first. Yes, the veterans. It's hard to believe, but it's true. Recently, two VA attorneys (there's 1,200 VA attorneys to fight your right to benefits) went to prison for falsifying or destroying veterans' records. They told the judge they had to meet their budget set by the Executive Budget Office. Yet there is money for bonus for these VA attorneys and VA managers for their "good work" of cheating veterans. During the Iraq war Bush wanted to decrease solder's pay by 30% and compensation to their families at home by 60%.
Why are we at war? War destroys the planet Earth and the physical health and mental well-being of all those who participate, including the victims. With America'a weapons of mass destruction, more and more civilians are being killed. The Iraq war began in 2003. in 2004, when an Amrican soldier arrived in Bagdad, he reported that all the apartments had been destoryed--they were rubble from American bombs.
U.S. invasions hav failed to improve life in Vietnam, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya —and they hate us even more than when we invaded with the hoax of bringing them democracy and freedom. In fact, the culture, religion, infrastructure have been devastated every where the American soldiers have tread. As Harry Truman and Madeline Albright (among others, I'm sure) stated— we have the weapons, let's use them!
Please inform yourself. The Generals, President, Defense Department and Pentagon don't think you are smart enough to understand. Show them that they are wrong! The best source of information I have found is Michael Moore's documentary: Fahrenheit 911 (title ideal probably from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451--it's an oldie, but goodie, so available free on Internet). Moore's movie tells it like it is through the mouth of others. Much is actual film clips of politicians and interviews with soldier and their families. If you are a history buff--and want to know how it all started, Blood and Oil by Marty Callaghan is exceptional. (It's on YouTube--but the DVD set has some interesting Special Features.)
I have read a mountain of books and watched DVD's. Anything written or produced by Jeremy Scahill, David Swanson, William Blum, John R. MacArthur, James McCartney, Andrew Bracevich and James Risen is totally reliable, researched, often first-hand information. I have read all them and corresponded with most of them. They are all dedicated researchers--the papers and files they have gone through to bring the truth to us would make a mountain. We Americans are eternally blessed to have such wonderful patriots who care for us and dedicate their lives to informing us. There are many others ligitimate servants of truth also--through the centuries of war. Unfortunately, the Defense Dept./Military does pay persons who write misinformation to confuse us, so you have to be cautious. I just read a defenitive biography of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, FDR Goes to war: How Executive Power, Spirialing National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America. The author, Burton W. Folsom, Jr. had to go to London to research records there to get at the truth. Note: My grandfather hated Roosvelt because during his election, he promised U.S. would not get involved in another (of the hundreds) European war. Then his only two sons were sent overseas—my father to the Pacific and my uncle was a bomadeer destroying Germany. Gratefully, they both returned home safe and sound.
And there are things America is good at—REAL GOOD at:
America Excels in Business of Death
America may lag behind the developed world in many categories, but it is No. 1 in the “merchant of death” business, experiencing a boom in the commerce of boom, especially in areas destabilized by U.S. invasions, notes JP Sottile, reporter at Consortium News.
Fox News reported that U.S. Government Spent at least $945m on Advertising in 2010
"Of that total. . . $545 million was spent by the Defense Department, much of it on ads to attract recruits, CRS [Congressional Research Service] noted." I noted that Weather.com has taken an ad for War Thunder--play for free, with the purpose of getting young people conditioned and trained to like war and to think it's a game. It's not a game—You can be destroyed, mentally and physically for life. I think you deserve something better—DO YOU??
What if that money had been divided up among 18 year olds to help them develop a small business or career--I bet you would be happier, and I know the peopl in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan would be happier. It's like the big bank bail-out. Someone crunched the numbers. If the bail-out dollars had gone to American taxpayers, we would have received a check for $65,000 each. That citizen bail-out [Weren't we the ones who suffered?] would have helped the economy a whole lot!!
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks up in Congress:
Watch YouTube Senator Bernie Sanders: "If you can't take care of Veterans, Don't send them to war."
Breaking News: Veterans Affairs (VA) pays $142 million in bonuses amid scandals [in 2014]
Donovan Slack and Bill Theobald , USA TODAY, November 11, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs paid bonuses for performance in 2014 to nearly half of agency employees, including in health administration. In all, some 156,000 executives, managers and employees received them.
Susan Bowers, a regional medical director in the Southwest received $8\,985. She oversaw a region that included a Phoenix VA where the scandal first erupted amid allegations that patients died waiting for care. E-mails show that Bowers, who was forced into early retirement this year, was aware of falsified wait-time records. See entire story with video.
Thanks to good people at USA Today, you can SEARCH the full database of bonuses:
VA bonuses went to officials at delay-prone hospitals [in 2013]
Meghan Hoyer and Gregg Zoroya , USA TODAY 10:22 a.m. EDT July 4, 2014
Susan Bowers, a regional medical director in the Southwest received $8,985. She oversaw a region that included a Phoenix VA where the scandal first erupted amid allegations that patients died waiting for care. E-mails show that Bowers, who was forced into early retirement this year, was aware of falsified wait-time records. (Read entire story)
9th Circuit Court says Congress and President failed to help veterans
The court cited examples of veterans with severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder having to wait over eight weeks for mental health referrals, with some committing suicide in the interim. Over 84,000 veterans are on waiting lists for mental health care, the court wrote, with no procedure for challenging the delays. The court added that those delays can mean "the difference between life and death," with an average of 18 to 20 veterans committing suicide every day.
See entire story from Reuters News Service
Class Action Challenging Government’s Mistreatment of Returning Veterans Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Report on Adverse Health and Environmental Effects of Uranium Weapons
How many Veterans end up in prison because there is no help for them; their conditioning to hate and shoot to kill, bad memories, nightmares, depression, drug abuse to forget?