POLL: Should the U.S. Military enlistment age be raised?

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Defense.gov_News_Photo_100526-N-0696M-220_-_U.S._Air_Force_Academy_cadets_listen_as_Chairman_of_the_Joint_Chiefs_of_Staff_Adm._Mike_Mullen_U.S._Navy_addresses_the_school_s_graduates_during-427x284A Spokane minister is arguing that the the U.S. Military enlistment age should be raised to 25.

The Rev. Todd Eklof, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, says scientific evidence in human biology, developmental psychology, and brain science shows it takes until at least age 25 for a brain to fully develop and plans to launch a campaign, called “Babes in Arms,” urging for change, according to article released on SpokaneFAVS.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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2 comments

  1. Ghani, Tom Schmidt

    Makes sense to me. Of course, younger fighters will be more likely to kill on command.

  2. The younger they are the more impressionable, they will follow orders without hesitation because they will not pause to think that maybe it doesn’t line up with their own beliefs and values.

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