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this is a 8 page exploratory essay i dropped all the requirements in the bottom and i will also provide a example paper here in the note section. however it says on one of the papers i provided that one source must be a peer review from my library databases. this is the link for it right here.…

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Grace K.

Professor Ganeshan

COM 102


13 November 2017

Exploratory Essay First Draft

About year and a half ago, my life changed completely when my fiancé decided to enlist

in the military. At the time, we had been together for just about four years and him deciding to

enlist was a total shock for me. In the years past, he talked about wan

ting to go to college to

pursue a career in video game programming; however, that completely changed when he spoke

to a United States Marines recruiter at our high school career fair. He started going to the

recruitment office close to his house to speak w

ith a recruiter about joining. As soon as he

expressed interest in possibly joining, his recruiter was determined to deter his mind away from

going to college and stress that he should join the Marines instead. I questioned this since he was

only eighteen

at the time and did not really have a clear idea of what he wanted to do with his

life. I felt like his recruiter was pushing him into making a decision that he was not totally sure

of. However, his recruiter’s job was to get him to enlist by whatever mean

s necessary, so that is

exactly what she did. On July 25th, 2016, my fiancé officially enlisted into the Marines and

hopped on a plane to head to three months of military boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot,

San Diego. After he was gone I was left wond

ering, are eighteen year olds really mature enough

to make a decision that will greatly impact their lives and the people around them? This

experience has caused me to ask the question, should the United States military be allowed to

target teenagers in it

s recruitment efforts?

The first source I decided to look at was an academic journal I found in the library

databases. The journal title immediately caught my eye, so I figured that it would be a good

place to start. The article titled, “Should We End Mi

litary Recruiting in High Schools as a Matter

of Child Protection and Public Health?”, was written by Amy Hagopian and Kathy Barker. It

was published in


American Journal of Public Health

in January of 2011. Amy Hagopian has

her PhD and works in the Dep

artment of Global Health at the University of Washington.

Hagopian was also the president of the Garfield High School Parent Teacher Association from

2004 to 2006. Kathy Barker has her PhD as well and is a science writer. Along with Hagopian,

Barker is als

o on the board of the Garfield High School Parent Teacher Association in Seattle,

Washington. Considering these credentials, I knew these writers would be trustworthy sources of


In this article, the authors start by explaining the public heal

th issues for young recruits.

Hagopian and Barker explain how “the bulk of newly enlisted military personnel are

developmentally in late adolescence

a time of relatively robust physical health but not

necessarily complete brain development or a wise tim

e to introduce high levels of stress” (19). It

is scientifically proven that a person’s brain is not fully developed until the age of twenty


therefore, introducing eighteen year olds to this kind of stress can cause major problems. The

authors explai

n how high levels of stress can cause adolescents to be more likely to develop

mental disorders, like alcohol abuse, anxiety syndromes, depression, and post

traumatic stress

disorder. Studies have shown that “younger soldiers had 30% to 60% more substance


disorders than did older soldiers, and younger women in particular had the highest incidence of

attempted suicide or self

inflicted injuries” (19). This statistic presents a vital problem with

recruiting young people who are still maturing physically

and psychologically. The article also

talks about the efforts of the Garfield High School Parent Teacher Association. Hagopian and

Barker, along with other members of this association, tried to put a stop to military recruiting in

Garfield High School. On

ce the press got ahold of this news, the story spread like wildfire.

Ultimately, the Seattle school board worked with students and activists to come up with a

handful of rules to be put in place. The school board and these activists decided that “recruiter

visits were limited to one per semester, visits were to be announced in advance, and military

recruiters were no longer free to roam through the school building” (21). Although Garfield High

School worked hard to try and stop military recruiting, it is so

mething that can not be easily


While reading this source, I was intrigued by the topics Hagopian and Barker brought up.

I am currently majoring in psychology, so all of the psychological aspects they brought up in this

article were ones that I wa

s familiar with. It is important to know that at eighteen a person is in

their peak stage of development and their brain is still maturing. I agree with the fact that

introducing high levels of stress to young people who are still maturing can cause proble

ms. The

statistics they put in the article about the rates of mental illnesses on young and old soldiers

definitely helps reinforce this belief as well. I appreciate how the authors took a stand in their

own community to try and warn Garfield High School a

bout the health issues that military

recruiting can have on young adolescents. Their efforts to try and ban military recruiting to keep

their students out of harm’s way was definitely inspirational to me.

Although I believe a lot of the important informa

tion shared in this article, there are some

points brought up that I question. I question the point Hagopian and Barker make about recruiters

being like predators. The authors explain how the behaviors of recruiters are remarkably similar

to those of child

predators who use “predatory grooming” to gain a child’s trust. While child

predators and recruiters may both use persuasion, I would not go as far to say that the words

should be used in conjunction. In my opinion, I feel like comparing the two terms is

a little far

fetched. Although recruiters do use persuasive measures to try and make people enlist, they are

not doing so in an illegal or abusive manner.

Overall, this source helped contribute many important ideas to my research question. I

learned more

about the health effects that can be caused by high stress environments at a young

age. Also, I was able to see statistics of how many young soldiers end up with mental health

issues, which was far more than that of the older soldiers. I enjoyed how the ar

ticle talked about

Garfield High School’s efforts to try and ban military recruiters from coming to their school. It

was interesting to see the outcome of a school who took a stand to make sure their students were

not being taken advantage of. For my next

source, I would like to look into more of the

psychological issues and health issues that can be caused by enlisting at such a young age when a

person’s brain is not completely developed.

Works Cited

Hagopian, Amy and Kathy Barker. “Should We End Mil

itary Recruiting in High Schools as a

Matter of Child Protection and Public Health?.”

American Journal of Public Health

, vol.

101, no. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 19

23. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.183418.

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