Army Recruitment on Campus

February 16, 2005

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In the parking lot at Pima Community College West Campus this week, there was a large truck operated by the Leo Burnett advertising agency. It’s a network with 97 offices worldwide that handles advertising for global corporations such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Disney, Marlboro and Tampax. Since 2000, LB/USA has helped army recruitment forces reach their goals months ahead of schedule. To play the games inside the truck or climb their rock wall stamped with the army’s website address, you must be 16 years old and sign a waiver requiring personal information such as your social security number.

The staff-sergeant recruiter whom I talked with graduated from Mountain View High School in 1992. He received a scholarship to the University of Arizona, but chose a career in the army instead. He is glad he did because if he had gone to UofA, he said, it’s lack of structure and his undisciplined behavior might have lead him down the road to alcohol and partying.

Operation Iraqi Freedom took him to Iraq. He participated in indirect fire (using air support and artillery) and direct fire killings. I asked him if he saw the faces of those whom he killed. He said he had. I asked him if he had any remorse. He said no. He was defending himself and his country’s freedom on foreign soil. I felt as if I were looking into the deep blue eyes of a soulless automaton completely ignorant of who profiteers from his killing.

The new army slogan changed from “be all you can be” to “an army of one.” Slick Burnett/Army brochures take their cue from Third Reich propaganda, saying there are over 200 jobs in all kinds of fields from music to engineering to choose from. Once enlisted, your dreams come true by getting the training you need to be who you want to be. And when you retire from an army career, you’ll get paid well and receive lifetime health care for you and your family. Much of this is a horrible lie. Just ask any veteran trying to get treated at a veteran’s hospital, or read the daily news about the national scourge of homeless vets who’ve fought in every US war from WW2 to Iraq.

There is an intentional blur between the military, industry, institutions of higher learning, and the advertisement establishment. But “an army of one” means the whole world is under siege by this multi-headed whore of Babylon. As social programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security get gutted and redirected into Homeland Security and Pentagon boondoggles, we become Dictator Benito Mussolini’s definition of “fascism,” a merger of state and corporate power.

Do you want to be free of the brainwash of Corporate America? If so, then think for yourself; use non-cooperation every opportunity you get to revolt against those who reject free thought. Next time they’re on campus, show up at the Leo Burnett war propaganda trailer and tell these recruiters where to take their thought control.

Don’t let them disturb our peace of mind.


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