Suspect was a ‘good shot’ on JROTC school rifle team
“Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the shooting. Former JROTC cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was a member of the small varsity marksmanship team that trained together after class and traveled to other area schools to compete…
“The more than 1,700 high school JROTC programs nationally also receive financial support from the U.S. military and are typically supervised by retired officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The military collaborates with school systems on the training curriculum, which includes marching drills, athletic competitions and shooting teams. Cadets wear military uniforms with ranks and insignias similar to those of the military branch with which they are affiliated…
“Cruz talked of wanting to join the Army after graduation and become an elite special forces soldier, a dream potentially derailed by his expulsion…” Read more: Suspect was a ‘good shot’ on NRA-backed school rifle team: https://tinyurl.com/ybva86nu
What’s the US Army doing in 1,700 US high schools?
Brainwashing our kids into becoming killers.
The US Army needs volunteers to fight our federal government’s ongoing foreign wars…
“Approximately 71 percent of Americans ages 17 to 24, the military’s main recruitment source, are ineligible to serve, according to the Pentagon…” Read more: Why the US military is on the brink of a recruitment crisis http://komonews.com/news/nation-world/why-the-us-military-is-on-the-brink-of-a-recruitment-crisis
(The US Army should accept high school drop outs and help them get their GED.)
I wrote an article about mass shootings and the influence of US militarism back in November of 2017, which is worth reading: Our “gun violence as solution” problem https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/our-gun-violence-as-solution-problem/
Until we, as a nation, begin dealing with our “gun violence as solution” problem we will never solve our gun violence problem.
People follow our government/media example: Our government sends its military around the globe to murder peoples with guns, bombs, and rockets, and our media glorifies the use of violence in television, film, and music.
We hear a lot about racism today, but what about militarism?
America is militaristic. And our militarism has led to our current problem wherein so many American young men see gun violence as a solution to their problems.
If gun violence is wrong in our schools then it’s wrong in Syria, too.
Why are US military soldiers fighting in Syria today? What example is this setting for our young men and boys?
The US Army needs their recruits.
That’s why the US military is involved with Hollywood films, too.
But that’s another story…
“The US military happily rents out its wares to film-makers. But are the results little more than adverts for the forces? And are they now being targeted at children?” Read more: The US military storm Hollywood https://gu.com/p/294m3/stw
Should We End Military Recruiting in High Schools as a Matter of Child Protection and Public Health?
“Recruiters for the various US armed forces have free access to our nation’s high schools, as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act. Military recruiter behaviors are disturbingly similar to predatory grooming.
“Adults in the active military service are reported to experience increased mental health risks, including stress, substance abuse, and suicide, and the youngest soldiers consistently show the worst health effects, suggesting military service is associated with disproportionately poor health for this population.
“We describe the actions of a high school parent teacher student association in Seattle, Washington, which sought to limit the aggressive recruitment of children younger than 18 years into the military… Read more: Should We End Military Recruiting in High Schools as a Matter of Child Protection and Public Health? – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3000735/
The JROTC Cadet Creed
I am an Army Junior ROTC Cadet.
I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, school and the Corps of Cadets.
I am loyal and patriotic.
I am the future of the United States of America.
I do not lie, cheat or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.
I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.
I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.
I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution and the American way of life.
May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed. (source)