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By Brooke Johnson

Taking army constitution faculties as her topic, and drawing on years of study at one institution specifically, Brooke Johnson explores the underpinings of a tradition in line with militarization and neoliberal academic reforms and probes its results on person id and social interactions on the school.

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The military also relies on behavioral and psychological research to identify factors that encourage teenagers to enlist SCHOOLS IN THE CROSSHAIRS 43 (Eighmey 2006). In addition to the examples outlined above, the military employs legal access, advertising, and militarization of schools and educational programs to contact and recruit youth for military service. First, the Armed Forces make use of the legal system to gain and ensure continued access to youth. For example, the 1996 Solomon Amendment blocks federal funding to universities that do not allow military recruiters or Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) on their campuses.

Major West has a long history with education as he has started up five different Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs across the Western United States (Roseburg and Oakland, Oregon; Tempe, Arizona, and Long Beach, California) as well as the JROTC program at a local high school. Major, as everyone calls him, is thin, muscular, well-tanned, and sports bleached blonde hair combed precisely into place. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, has been a part of the Eastmoore School District for over 20 years, and is highly regarded and networked within the local community.

The “old side” displays the scars of working-class or poor neighborhoods: grassless yards, chain link fences, broken down automobiles, barred windows, empty lots, boarded up store fronts, and pothole-filled roads. It is the “old side” that houses the MEI and the majority of its cadets. Data and Methods I initially learned of the MEI from a feature story in a local newspaper. I had just moved back to the United States and was active in the antiwar movement both stateside and abroad. I was shocked to learn that 11- and 12-year-olds were attending a militarized school that was publicly funded.

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