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Deferred Enlisting: How This Could Affect Your Child

With military recruiters desperate for new recruits, they are turning to our high schools to try to convince children below the legal age limit to enlist. The deferred enlisting program is aimed to have high schoolers to join the military before they turn 18. This program allows them to go to basic training between their junior and senior years of high school. They then will go straight into the military after graduation. Some people have a problem with this.

Individuals at believe that the military is targeting children too young to make informed decisions about their futures. They believe that kids which are too young to marry, drink or vote, do not have the capacity to yet determine if they want to spend their immediate lives after high school, defending our country in dangerous parts of the world. To protect children, suggests that parents get involved and teach their kids how to avoid signing their lives away. The advice they give is to not sign anything no matter the pressure from military recruiters.

Whether a parent agrees to let their child sign up for deferred enlisting is up to that individual parent. It is important to remember that teenagers frequently change their minds. While one year they may want to be a doctor, the next year they may want to be a professional athlete. The beauty of being a kid is that they can change their minds. However, if you allow them to enlist in the army, there is absolutely no opportunity for them to change their mind. They are bound by duty. It is best not to allow them to put themselves in this situation. Instead, insist that they wait until they graduate and have a better idea of what they want to do with lives. After this point, they can sign up for whatever they want. There is really no need to sign up when they are 16 or 17. The military recruits will still be there waiting long after they come of age.

One Response to “Deferred Enlisting: How This Could Affect Your Child”

  1. Serena Jones-McGregor says:

    Just the idea of my children enlisting scares me. I realize I have a long way to go before I need to start worrying about it but the idea that my girls would put themselves in harms way is just frightening. On the other hand, I support those who are able to make such a commitment in order to defend our nation. The old saying, “Freedom isn’t free” just rings in my ears.


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