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10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military 1st Edition

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About the Author

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. She writes for the Washington Blade, In These Times, and Common Dreams. Cindy Sheehan became a leader of the antiwar movement after her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq. Her efforts to get answers from President Bush, including a vigil in Crawford, Texas, have received national media attention. Other contributors include members of Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force, Citizen Soldier, and Code Pink.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595580662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580665
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I may as well start out with the obvious, I am in fact in the Army and in Iraq. It's not as bad as I thought it might be, but it is still not a great place to spend a year of your life. There is some truth in this book, but a lot of it is conflated statistics and I just want people who are honestly considering serving their country to see a better picture of the whole truth. Those who are simply against this war and military service will naturally accept the book as is.

If you join the Army, you might die. You might also be injured. Your friends might die, one of mine already has. You may have to kill people (thought this is less likely, you rarely have a positive target to shoot at over here, our enemies are so cowardly) who later turn out to have been innocent. So the top of the list is completely true and accurate. It starts to fall apart from there.

I'll just go on in order of truth. I don't have time to cover all the points, but here goes. It is true that too often veterans are denied medical treatment, or at least have to wait entirely too long. This is largely because this administration continues to see fit to cut VA funding year after year, despite the two combat zones producing an entire new generation of combat veterans. Anyone in the military, or out of it, for it or against it should be up in arms about this. It is inexcusable.

Now for the slightly less than true. If you are against all war and killing other human beings, do not enlist in the military. This should be fairly obvious. It is possible to get conscientious objector status once you are in, it's just a very long drawn out process. You can refuse orders you believe are wrong: for instance, sarge tells you to go kill the little girl and her puppy.
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This is less a proper "review" than a bit of a rebuttal to "FBRobertson," so be forewarned. It is clear from your "review" that you have not read said book. If you had, you would have realized that the book contains no "mockery" of soldiers. Most importantly, there is no "hate" informing this book.

The book's aim is clear -- to lay out some facts about the military for those considering joining. The military itself gets to make its case with big-budget ad campaigns. So this book is simply saying, "Look, some really bad stuff might happen to you. They aren't going to tell you about it, but take a look at these peoples' stories."

Clearly you were drawn to "review" the book because of the involvement of Cindy Sheehan. So be it. But please, in the interest of honesty, don't start reviewing books you've never read. It does the entire idea of truth a huge disservice.
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I am a Vietnam vet, but I won't get fooled again. I found out the war I was fighting in was not for the good old red, white, and blue, but for Phillip Morris Cigarette Company, who wanted to sell their poison to North Vietnam. So 50,000 young men and women died in a capitalist inspired cigarette war. The military is nothing but ignorance. Even at age 17 (when I joined) and fresh out of high school I could see that those who made the military a career were not the most patriotic people in our society, but rather the dumbest. I was dumb for joining, too, but at I learned from my experiences. I have no idea how any war veteran can keep spewing that War Is Good and My Country Right or Wrong crap.

I truly believe everything "10 Excellent Reasons Not To Join The Military" and I hope this book reaches as many readers as possible, especially the naive kids around the age of 17 to 25 who are prone to fall for that slick military advertising they now put on TV. If the military is all we have to offer our kids, then this country needs a major overall (I believe President Obama thinks so, too). We have to flush out the hate mongers like Bush and Cheney and Beck and that fat show host, Rush, and learn to live peacefully. Of course, it's going to take good leadership, and that God we finally have just that.

Just Say No to The Military should be America's new motto. Share this book with every young man and woman you know. It could save their lives.
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Before I decided on sitting down and writting a review on this book I decided on reading it a second time and digesting what I had read. Without getting into a debate on the reasons why we went to Iraq or the reasons why we are still in Iraq it is none the less interesting to note the recruiting (and retention) crisis the military is experiencing in recent years. If being in Iraq and re-making the Middle East in our image is so important to our national security and well being on par with World War II and the Cold War as the neo-conservatives state, then our government should act the part. We need to have a draft where young men of draft age are eligible for a military draft. Not only should we draft our young men but we should draft our money as well in the forms of higer taxes a la WWII. Sadly Bush, the neo-cons and the American people know this won't sell. Even the most ardent Iraq War supporters would turn against it if they or their family members would be put in the line of fire. Before you are willing to kill you should be willing to die. Too many Americans are not.

Bearing this context in mind you have an economic draft where those within our society are funneled into the military with over blown and often false promises of education, job skills, and most basically a job. I knew that the recruiters often made false and misleading promises to intice young men and women into the military. I did not know that a contract with the military is a contact where only one party is bound by the terms of the contract (you) and the other party can change the basic terms of the contract at will (the military). Would you enter into a contract with an employer, a partner, a bank or a contractor with such lop-sided terms such as these? Unfortuantely too many young Americans are doing just that.
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