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Claim: The U.S. military is paying high school kids to sign up for future combat duty under a 'pre-enlistment' program.
Example: [Cityview Online, 2005]
Origins: No, the U.S. military is not paying "pre-enlistment" bonuses to sign up boys as young as 14 for future combat duty. This is one of those cases where plain old common sense kicks in: if the U.S. military were really enticing minors to sign up for combat duty with $10,000 sign-on bonuses (and had, as claimed, already enlisted over 10,000 boys aged
Evidently this article was a spoof which originated with the Des Moines-based City View publication, and the date of the archived version,
Some branches of the military (such as the National Guard) will sign up 17-year-old high school seniors, with parental permission, for a Delayed Entry Program (although no bonuses are paid until the completion of Basic Training), and military recruiters may visit and talk to high schoolers, but no U.S. military service enlists
Last updated: 18 April 2005
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