I joined the Marine Corps at 17 while in high school, leaving for boot camp at the end of the summer after graduating. I was lucky. To the best of my knowledge no one was shooting at me during the four years I was in. That said, no recruiters came into our school. They just walked by and smiled, showing off their uniforms and joking with their “targets.” We admired them, without knowing who they were. Only what service they represented. I was surprised to learn that the JROTC starts in the junior year? So the propaganda begins officially at age 16? I do not support lowering the age to 16 for entry into the service. Leave it at 18 (17 with parental consent). To my way of thinking, and with all due respect to the guys in uniform, war is an outdated method of trying to resolve differences. As Jimmy Carter said, “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” We glorify war, and ignore the need to find alternative approaches to peace. As Smedley Butler said: War is a Racket.” Let’s let our youth find their own way without putting weapons in their hands or recruiters in their heads or in their schools at such an early age. Give Peace a chance.