A couple of weeks ago I wrote up a story based on a report by the New Hampshire Union Leader
of Air Force recruiters using Halo 3 to find new recruits
. Today we received a response from an Air Force recruiter who knows the recruiter who was at the event in question:
First let me start by saying I am an Air Force recruiter and I know the
recruiter who was at this game stop. The news media was present and
twisted everything out of proportion after acting like they were going to
present a positive story on the military. Unfortunately in this day and
age NO ONE presents a positive presentation of the military, especially
The recruiter was not trying to brainwash anyone into joining,
he was just going to a location where he knew prospective applicants would
be, like any other professional recruiter would do. The type of game has
nothing to do with it, you said yourself that earlier 2 recruits joined
during a Madden tournament and last I checked we don't sign people up to
By the way, those 2 recruits were not brainwashed or LURED
into anything either, there is a long process when it comes to joining the
Air Force and our members are volunteers who join of their own free will.
Please don't make it sound like 2 people joining our military is a bad
I joined myself as a young man and have now served nearly 16
years and have a wife and three beautiful children that I can take care of
because of what the Air Force has given me. I have a college degree, lived
in England for four years, access to free medical care AND have a house and
two vehicles because of the Air Force.
So if a young recruiter trying to
find young men to serve their country shows up where those young men hang
out gives you the "heebeejeebees", you seriously need to check your
perspectives and try to look at things from a different point of view.
Give me a break.
First and foremost, thank you for your service. Second, I have the utmost respect for those who choose to serve in our nation's military. The amount of self-sacrifice it takes to serve and fight for this country is, honestly, something I can't begin to understand, but I do honor.
I am sorry if my story was offensive to you, and I am sorry that you feel there is no positive presentation of the military in the media today. I think the media actually treats the military in quite a respectable manner. I'm a news junkie and I never hear anyone putting down the military. Yes, the administration and their use of the military is often put in a negative light, but that is not an attack on the men and women who serve this country.
Regarding my interpretation of what happened at that GameStop on the Halo 3
launch night (which was solely based on the aforementioned article), the reason I felt the kids were lured
to the recruitment area, why it gave me the heebeejeebees
, and why this was a story at all, is because it seems the recruiters got the attention of the kids by offering them something taboo, and by having lower standards than GameStop.
These kids were rejected from GameStop's Halo 2
tournament because the store policy does not allow those who are under 17 to play M-rated games. When those rejected kids trickled out to the parking lot, there were the recruiters offering them the chance to play that same M-rated game in the back of a "pimped out military SUV". The article mentions in it a 13-year-old playing the game in the recruitment SUV.
Now, truth be told, I think there are many 13-year-olds who can handle Halo 3
. My problem is that I believe that is a decision for parents to make, not one for military recruiters to make. This is why the story reads that these kids were lured
. The recruiters offered the kids something made for adults (which they could not have elsewhere), for the purpose of talking to these kids about very adult decisions.
Thank you for your comments. Again, I apologize if you were (are) offended in any way.
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