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Reply #4: I personally know young women who are signing up to keep their children. [View All]

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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 05:36 AM
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4. I personally know young women who are signing up to keep their children.
I know of one girl whose job pays too little ($600 a month) and the state has mandated that if she can't financially support her child, then the child will go to foster care. There are no jobs in her area for a 19 yo w/o education. If she leaves her child with family and enlists (and, no doubt, immediately deploys) she will earn enough money to keep the child, even though she'll only see him about once a year during his early development. I've met others like her.

I have another friend who enlisted because he wanted to "better himself," he wasn't getting any jobs and had no money for college (he is exceptionally intelligent as well--he was immediately specialized upon enlisting.) But after about 9 months, he attempted suicide before he was scheduled to deploy to Af-Pak. He also was pre-traumatized since his friends were murdered on base (it's a pretty violent atmosphere.)

I know one young woman who just dropped dead at 28 from general poor health after serving in Iraq. I know another young man whose bones are disintegrating from depleted uranium. He's dying a slow death--will be dead by 35.

From what the troops have told me--about 20% are gung-ho Americans, about 20% are court-committed for petty crimes (you can serve or you can go to jail for possession, etc.), and about 60% are there because of poverty/GI bill and believing that the Army will provide a better future.

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