Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Get an Education, Skip the Diploma

Look at this website that purports to encourage young people to finish high school.  It helpfully has a Spanish version too. It is a powerhouse of website development excellence.   How come the Army is sponsoring the website?

An education is extremely important in life, and education ought to be a lifelong pursuit.  Encouraging people to learn is a very good thing to do.  And to what ends do we want people to be educated?

I've seen other separate ads encouraging you to get your GED.  Careful.


Success in any branch of the Military depends on a good education, and a high school diploma is most desirable. Candidates with a GED (General Education Development certificate) can enlist, but some Services may limit opportunities. It is very difficult to be considered a serious candidate without either a high school diploma or accepted alternative credential. In any case, staying in school is important for entering the Military.
Since the Army cannot take people who do not have a basic education, they have an interest in seeing people complete high school.  So they can take them.  For a coountry that was founded on the ideal of no standing military, we have gotten far off the rails. I find this objectionable.

The army wants soldiers.  It cannot take you (for now) if you do not have a high school diploma or a GED.  Now, it is very possible to have an excellent education without every having a high school diploma.  Or a college diploma for that matter.  So if you desire to stay out of the military, it might help to get your education without every getting a high school diploma.

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