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Mom advises potential recruits to talk to elders before signing up

| April 6, 2007 12:00 AM

To the Editor:

I am writing about the letter that was in the paper concerning the military recruiters. I know firsthand and will agree with the writer of this report.

My 18-year-old daughter and her 19-year-old husband were told many things about their enlisting, school monies, no Iraq, and choices of what they can do.

My daughter is graduating boot camp here in two weeks and then will go to her AIT, (more training) spending nine weeks in yet another state. After this her husband and her will be transferred to Texas as their station. While they are there, one will spend one year in Iraq while the other stays behind. The following year when one comes back the other one will leave to go to Iraq.

They both only had maybe three choices for their training, so one ended up with combat engineer and one being an ammunition technician. Of course anyone who has previously dealt with the military will know that the kids were pumped full of things that they needed and wanted to hear so they would enlist. The recruiter lied about many things just so he can get them both in.

What I am saying is, please all those who are approached do your homework and speak to your elders who have been there. None of us parents want to lose their children, and I feel we have lost way too many soldiers, God bless them, to this unnecessary war.

Kathy MacFarlane