To the editor:
I think it is awful that military recruiters use misleading tactics to recruit students, especially at a time when so many of our troops are in harms way in Iraq. The promise of $70,000 for college is just factually wrong. If you study the GI Bill, you will learn that VERY FEW veterans qualify for the amounts that recruiters and advertisements quote. The U.S. government needs to understand that today’s students are smart and can read the fine print about how much money we will actually receive for our education in return for military service. The amounts typically received aren’t even close to the ever increasing costs of a college education. We need to work together to end these misleading ad campaigns that entice young people to enlist by offering false hope and empty promises. Surely America can do better than that! Enlisting when you are told the truth and have the facts you need to make an informed decision is one thing, but enlisting when you are given misleading or false information is just plain wrong.