Military Indoctrination of Youth in America

Posted on August 20, 2009 by

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Air Force Recruitment Bus for Elementary School Kids

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Last week I got quite a shock on my way out from my day-job’s parking garage. What should be staring straight at me but a big new bright blue U.S. Air Force recruitment bus. It was parked right alongside Waterloo Park on Trinity Street where many visiting tour buses park temporarily while their occupants generally tour the Capitol complex which is two blocks west of (behind) this camera shot. But I’m not used to seeing military recruitment buses among the tour-busloads of folks who are usually either an elderly lot or bunch of school kids (often dressed up in matching colored shirts to more easily spot them in a crowd). So I snap a picture of the bus and proceed on my way …

Only to be shocked and disturbed by what I next see now that I can peer around the other side of the bus. Waiting to get on the bus I see a group of African-American elementary school aged kids all dressed in Gitmo-Orange T-shirts getting onto the bus. I’m shocked! Several thoughts and questions flash through my head: “Surely this isn’t a field-trip from an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?! Surely no school working with kids as young as that would allow their kids to be ferried to the State’s Capitol, to see our seat of government up-close, in a military recruitment limo?!”

Not wanting to slam on my brakes in the middle of the street and start taking pictures of little kids I kept driving, thinking all the while, “I’ve got to get a picture of this. Should I circle the block? No, I haven’t got that much time.” I pull up to the next traffic light which is thankfully red and turn around in my driver’s seat and snap a quick pic through the back window of my car…

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As I had been dazedly driving towards the stoplight I was now stationary at, I had passed a local radio-station’s mobile broadcast or PR van (KGSR, I think) which was pulling away from the Waterloo Park events setup area. I had noticed at least one event tent setup in the park as I drove by and which you can see in the left-most part of my first photograph. The picture I took through my back window is obviously a very distant shot but if you zoom in on the bus you can just make-out at least two small Gitmo-Orange shapes and one taller shape to the left that is obviously their teacher and chaperone. Look how small those kids are in the enlargement below. The adult in the green top is nearly twice their size.

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So later on I get home and do a little online research Scroogling these search words: kids austin texas US “air force bus” and the very first result spells it out for you…

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Our first search result is a direct-hit for the “Air Force Recruiting Service” section of the official U.S. Air Force website:

www.rs.af.mil/photos/index.asp?galleryID=2798

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Immediately you may notice as I did that the bulls-eye thumbnail image, in the clickable link gallery to the left of that page, is the bus I saw with the kids. It is mixed in with all the other “cool” vehicles including a hot-rod and oversized 4×4 “Montster Truck.” If you click on that thumbnail bus image it takes you to this page where you can read about some of the buses recruitment projects:

www.rs.af.mil/photos/index.asp?galleryID=2798

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The Air Force bus at dawn. A day packed with activities requires Air Force Recruiting Service Distinguished Educator Tour participants to start the day early, shuttle service courtesy of the Randolph Air Force Base Transportation Squadron. Since 2001, high school and community college educators, such as principals, superintendents and guidance counselors, from around the nation are brought to San Antonio for four days each year to experience the Air Force firsthand. During their time in San Antonio, participants receive tours of both Randolph and Lackland Air Force bases. (Staff Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey)  Download Full ImageE-mail a friend
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So was this entourage of little kids part of the normal “Air Force Recruiting Service Distinguished Educator Tour“? That program is designed to get educators thinking about the military as a viable opportunity for their students:

“Air Force Recruiting Service’s Distinguished Educator Tours give educators such as principals, superintendents and guidance counselors from all over the nation the opportunity to experience the Air Force firsthand.

The main objective of the four-day tour is to show educators that the Air Force is a viable career opportunity for their best students. The Air Force recruits to retain, so the service seeks the brightest candidates possible, then provides them with tough, highly technical training that gives them the right skills to sustain the combat capability of America’s Air Force. High school and community college educators are effective mentors who can tell their students about the many opportunities the U.S. Air Force offers. Air Force Recruiting Service accomplishes this by showing off the Air Force’s best resource — its Airmen.”

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The next day I saw the bus again, parked in the exact same location. I snapped a picture or two again and proceeded to investigate the situation, however minimally. I didn’t see the kids anywhere nor a driver for the bus. So I decided to take a look around Waterloo Park to find out what event was being setup for … as there was now event-fencing around the park, a large musical stage platform, porta-potties as well as amusement park rides sized for very little children including a cute little ferris-wheel. I asked someone setting up one of the tent areas what the event was, figuring he’d tell me what I already knew from searching online the night before. “The Austin Ice Cream Festival. It’s about five dollars to get it. There’s gonna be music and fun for the kids.” I asked him if he knew anything about the Air Force Bus and pointed in its direction. He said, “no.”

So later on I look online for more information about the Austin Ice Cream Festival and find out that the main beneficiary is the awesome Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. In my early childhood my Mother signed me up and I briefly had a University of Texas student as my “Big Brother.” I think this is a very good program. However, all one has to do is Scroogle Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Military as search terms and you will find several examples of their convergence. I have absolutely no evidence that this child-ferrying Air Force military-recruitment bus and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters / Austin Ice Cream Festival have anything at all to do with one another. But each separate example illustrates how, at a very young age, there are programs in place that subtly and overtly indoctrinate our countries youth into our nation’s militaristic ways. Just look at some of the news links provided below.

I don’t mean to completely poo-poo the military. I believe in the need to have a military force to protect our country. I just don’t agree with the way these forces have been used historically by our corrupt Government.

smedleydarlingtonbutler“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940),

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