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Date Posted: 21:44:34 06/10/05 Fri
Author: KathyT
Subject: your talking about my turf now...
In reply to: Chuck in ND 's message, "This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!" on 16:33:35 06/10/05 Fri

my youngest daughter was in ROTC in Burlington. We had similar but not so dramatic experiences. The recruiters snagged most of the ROTC while they were minors, had them convinced that they were locked in. They started stalking my daughter, sending mugs, t-shirts, and constant phone calls. One day they called and asked to come over and talk to us. I told them she was a minor and that I was strictly against her being a part of the UN peace keeping forces and that they were not to come to my house. So they wanted meet her at Dennys. I told them that as a minor I had forbidden her to meet with them. So then they said they would call again, and I told them that it was my phone, I paid the phone bill and they were forbidden to call again. They were quite chagrined. We moved soon after that and she went to a different high school, so they lost track of her. Which was good. Quite a few of her friends got caught in that trap, and many of them are overseas now. One of her best friends did the 17 year old contract thing, which is their specialty recruiting method. Anyway, by the time he was 18, he didn't want to join. But they convinced him he HAD to, because he had signed when he was 17. I told him that as a minor he was not legally able to enter into a contract, and that his contract was void. But he was so intimidated by them, he was gonna go. Then he got in a car accident, and they tried to use that to get him to sign while he was 18. Told him that he needed to redo the paperwork because he accident had delayed his entry by two weeks. Now, I knew they were just trying to get a firm contract, so I sat the boy down and explained about minors and contracts and begged him NOT to sign the new contract. Just the fact that they were asking him to sign again proved that they knew the first enlistment contract was not valid. He listened to me, gave them a call and said he wasn't going to resign. Hallelujah! This kid is my daughter's best friend, he's a solid gold guy, and we were both excited that he didn't end up in the military. He's still around today!

Those tactics...feed em, keep them up all night, mash your message into their brain...sounded kinda like the moonies getting someone to join a cult!

I've found the recruiters here to be very agressive and annoying.

PS, I just read the article to my daughter and she said that recently the phone calls have started again. They have traced her to her sister's house. We don't know how they go that number. My daughter is putting in her mission papers next week, there is no way she is joining the military!

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  • Her Friday follow-up speaks to myriad humble mortal opinings... -- Debbie, 02:34:15 06/14/05 Tue

  • I AGREE! -- Chuck in ND, 08:36:21 06/14/05 Tue

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