The LA Times has a (long) article on the military recruiters roaming the halls of high schools, giving out goodies to students and staff, getting the schools to require students to take military aptitude tests. It’s not an especially tough piece — it doesn’t for example mention the rampant lying by recruiters — but you do get a sense of the aggression (and limitless resources) with which these recruiters go after potential cannon fodder. Here’s the ending:
Carloss [the Marine recruiter] asked them to fill out cards with their name, address, phone number, age and grade. Students must be at least 17 to enlist. Those younger than 18 need parental consent.
“Are you scared?” Carloss said jokingly to one boy.
Carloss waved down a girl: “Go to one of these boys over here who you think is cute and tell him to do it.”
“Who?” she replied.
“I don’t care,” Carloss said, “as long as he’s 17.”