Should the U.S. Military Recruit on High School Campuses?


For most of U.S. history, the military has relied on conscription (a.k.a, the draft) every time there has been a major war. But after massive youth protests during the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the draft was ended. Since then, the U.S. armed forces have had to rely on marketing to entice young people to choose the military after high school. Fast forward to today, and Gen Z isn't buying. Military recruitment numbers are at the lowest they've been in 50 years. There are plenty of reasons for the drop along with plenty of ways the military is trying to boost its numbers, including setting up recruiting centers in high schools and continuing to fund JROTC, a school-based, military style leadership program. Now we want you to evaluate the evidence, then join the discussion: Should the U.S. military recruit on high school campuses? 

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Create a digital recruitment poster for a role in your community you think more teens should aspire to. This can include military service but also roles like healthcare worker, teacher, small business owner, construction worker. etc.