We’ve all seen the military
recruitment tables set up on campus.
They come in full fatigues, set
up where they will find the most
students, usually by the library, and
lie in wait.
They promise a simpler way than
taking classes, getting a degree and
hoping for a steady career afterward.
They promise money.
They even promise the ability
to finish school while still in
the military and receiving paid
assistance specifically for classes.
All of these promises, and yet it still
For one reason, they are targeting college students. Not only that, they
are targeting community college
Generally, community college is a
way to avoid the huge piles of debt
that come with attending a four-year
university right off the bat. They
also, offer vocational programs for
those that want to jump right into
Recruiters know exactly which
demographic they are after people
of color who don’t have the means
to attend expensive schools or who
need to get to work as soon as
possible to support themselves or
Young people who have little to
no knowledge of how the military
Military recruiters can say
anything to get students to sign up.
Those students don’t know what
they are getting into.
This is predatory. In the same way
that credit card companies target
students with no credit to make
money off of them, the military
targets students on this campus to
use their bodies for their labor.
I’ve had my own run-ins with
military recruiters on campus. The
most memorable one was the time
I was so obviously picked out from
The recruiter sat at his table in
front of E3 watching students go by.
At least five or six students passed
by before he settled his eyes on me.
I was nowhere near the table, still
walking by the narrow walkway
All along that walkway, he stared
me down, letting at least five more
students walk past As I walk passed,
he said something to me. I ignore
him because he knowingly picked
out the only black student.
Recruiters are on campus to find young bodies. Recruiters pick out whoever they think is the most
vulnerable among us.
Who seems more vulnerable and
in need than a young black person
on a community college campus?
In a stereotypical sense, black
people are “poorer.” With a black
population at ELAC of 4.15 percent
in the recruiter’s eyes, he saw a black
student as the needle in his haystack.
Be careful of the military on
They want to do more than help you. They want to use you. Be wary
also of the individuals who allow
them to be on campus as well.
BY EVAN HILL