As tobacco companies pay out massive damage awards for
smoking-related deaths, it may be time to explore the similarly
misleading false advertising presented by recruiters for the U.S.
Armed Forces. Recruiting materials distributed in high schools
throughout the country, for instance, contain little talk of the
dangers of going to battle, writes Jeff Nall in Impact
Press. Instead, the literature encourages young people to join
a thrill-seeking club that will pay for college and world travel,
and yield a steady salary. Tobacco companies have been banned from
advertising near schools and forced to label their products
harmful. Perhaps Armed Forces Recruiting centers also need a
warning label -- before they end up in court.
-- Joel Stonington