Should High School Students Join the Military?

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Less than one percent of all Americans are enlisted in the military. An even smaller percentage of high school students are enlisted. Students are thought to be incompetent, and not mature enough to decide on enlisting in the military. However, students should be allowed to join the military. The military offers many benefits students can use to help their future. The protection of our country is not overlooked for recruits; they are awarded many personal benefits as well. Tuition assistance, job training, and many benefits that help prepare recruits for occupations while enlisted. Not only are students getting great benefits, but they are also in a small group of professional workers. High School Students should be allowed to join the military, because it is a way to pay for college expenses. College is expensive. The military has many programs to help pay for all different kinds of college expenses (Kingsbury). The first is going to college after active duty. This means the individual has to serve a certain number of years before he can retire and go to college. The average number of years is four, during which he still receive education and training (Yuengling). The post 9/11 GI bill help pays for tuition, room and board, and gives a food allowance each month. Another benefit of the bill is that if it is unused, the children of the individual can share the money from the bill (Sander). This would relieve many worries about paying for the children’s college. The individual must stay in the military for a certain number of years before he may choose to do so. The individual may also share the GI bill with a significant other, after a certain number of years. Since the beginning of the bill, over 3,000 institutions have accepted a... ... middle of paper ... ...nmgr113&hid=112&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=f5h&AN=85944556>. Reynolds, Clarence V. "From Combat to Campus." Chronicle of Higher Education 08 Mar. 2013: 21-26. Ebsco. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. . Sander, Libby. "GI Bill Offers Military Children Relief From College Costs." Chronicle of Higher Education 01 Mar. 2013: A4. Ebsco. Web. 24 Jan. 2014. . Yuengling, Renee, and David Kravitz. "Post-9/11 GI Bill Helps Support Higher Education Opportunities of Minorities in Armed Services." Diverse Issues on Higher Education 22 Dec. 2011: 18. Print.
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