Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing to block funding to prevent the U.S. military from courting middle and high school students, according to The Western Journal.
Reportedly, the “Squad” member has added an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would prevent military branches from interacting with potential recruits.
“Whether through recruitment stations in their lunchrooms or now through e-sports teams, children in low-income communities are persistently targeted for enlistment,” she said.
“In many public high schools where military recruiters have a daily presence, there is not even a counselor,” she said.
“As a result, the military stops feeling like a ‘choice’ and starts feeling like the only option for many young, low-income Americans.”
She admitted joining the military “can for some provide a rewarding career, but claimed “low-income Americans are not being given anywhere near the same information or access to trade schools, college or other post-graduate opportunities.”
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“War is not a game, and the Marine Corps’ decision not to engage in this recruiting tool should be a clear signal to the other branches of the military to cease this practice entirely,” she said.
An Army representative told The Military Times, “Army recruiters understand that in order to do their job, they must be visible where their audience resides.”
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Joining the military can generally offer young people from all backgrounds life options, such as tuition-free college, health care, home and business loans, cash bonuses and rewarding careers.
According to The Times, Ocasio-Cortez is seeking to limit the information available about those programs to teens by blocking the military from using federal funding to recruit in middle and high schools and request student data.
In a related amendment, she invoked the use of video games and e-sports by the military for recruitment purposes, and accused the military of targeting financially disadvantaged youths.