tv Documentary RT July 22, 2017 11:29am-12:01pm EDT
this is where they pierced america's heart on the eleventh of september two thousand and one fifteen years after the attacks new york is celebrating its heroes the military. a parade to own a one point five million troops the saviors of freedom every eleventh of november this parade on as generations of troops from the fallen of world war one to those returning from iraq or afghanistan their replacements are waiting the young generation the future of the world's most powerful military. these recruits are still in school they are between fourteen and seventeen years
old and belong to the junior. jr o.t.c. is a pentagon program. like the feel. not for our. bright young. six year old three year olds not. just the price you're born with right. and. america has pledged to turn these children into heroes these junior troops include five hundred thousand minus across the united states they're the hope of a fearful. country destined to defy tara the first generation post nine eleven.
this public school in chicago's south one in five students opted for the army an hour of classes a day five times a week taught by retired service members i. i i i. these youngsters are in year eight then new to the program they'll receive their uniforms today. take city. to the u.s. army is teaching it more than three thousand public schools students who opt for the army are exempt from physical education. the biggest thing
a look at as just make sure your hair does not touch your ears you're. facing a four year program created unfunded by the pentagon parts of fingernails right here what is authorized colors. let me see your nails by now hold them up right now tomorrow. if she doubt her nails like this right here she's going to lose points let me see goals come from back so we come from structured environments and we know what it takes to create a structured environment regolith teaches they graduate college they get is just a terrific and then they they start teaching but i don't think they really understand classroom management or demand engine large groups of people in different. different ways of the. like we do and maybe that's why
we can get the kids to push up but a regular teacher. as i want to you know become more of a better citizen in the country and just want to become stronger physically and mentally was. this race. just like i was interested in this if it was. like that is that this is all. any question soul for. j r o t c program was founded in one thousand nine hundred sixteen during world war one but over time its influence waned it was only after nine eleven that president george bush revitalized its image shortly thereafter the military starts preparing for war in afghanistan they need volunteers but there aren't any due to the
impending war officially the pentagon calls it a contribution to the development of youth in chicago colonel banjo retired after serving thirty three years in the army supervises junior cadets. well the junior c. . program is really about citizenship it's about. teaching young boys and girls high school age you know young men and women about service and you know what they can do to better themselves but i have nothing to do with recruiting so it's a distinct difference and it's a very important point because a lot of people a lot of teachers don't understand that they think that we are and you know we almost get defensive because we have to explain that we're not on a regular basis in chicago the program is widespread the army teaches that one in four schools are training more than ten thousand adolescents the authorities accept
this militarization of education as especially useful for fighting gangs. for neighborhoods harlem high school another one finger and so south and west ten an era to be the rough ones once again it's what i would call the we give alternative is great after two days for kids to do things a lot of fun and give back to the society the army is a good gang acting as a counterweight to the violent gangs last year three hundred one use under sixteen were shot thirty one died. to protect students the city provide security for their way home guards are mostly veterans of iraq and afghanistan. i go for be careful. people die every night two thousand and sixteen was the deadliest year in chicago
this past decade six hundred dead more than in any other american city shady characters walk the street as a curfew for people under twenty one starting at nine in the evening. district in the city's south. in the morning. yasmin is seventeen. days getting ready for school she's been in the jr o.t.c. for four years. i was kind of excited to wear it because it just looks so clean when you put it on especially when you have your own your actual cord on and you see all those decorations loni i guess legace just something of our appearance there people think like we're not the type of people to get involved with out in the street. a uniform rules.
chaos childhoods shaped by violence. on wednesday students and most of. the three hundred eighty cadets have to wear the uniform one in five students has opted for the army. with a troop inspection. do not take up because you do not have a rank you don't think up the gulf you do not want your mum think over your clothes you carry it on your forearm i miss. it and. since september yasmin has been leading the cadets she is the boss she inspects the troops. i feel like i'm with the army yeah because at school like we're so used to like just doing everything maybe halfway and not actually giving it our hundred and
when you feel like the army videos you're like oh my god like they're so strict they they have to do everything in unison whether you're shy or not you're challenged to step up to any problems so that way more comfortable with yourself. things i do yes so pretty much gives you that confidence. but. that's right again it. doesn't just teach these students discipline they also learn the history of the armed forces as well as doing civil studies and getting into shape the pentagon provides the polks and is the so decision maker regards that content. what does the army expense of the children it moans to its ideals officially nothing but it's
hard to ignore the sergeant's business cards. but. this this all of. the recruiters they leave their carts and this is a different for others navy army. marine corps and if it is interested in the military we'll give them the card and they contact the recruiter and the recruiter assist them in joining the military and that's why i said that we really don't. recruit we'll sister if the cadet is interested in going in the military but we don't recruit our cells it's a win win because at the college level if the kid meets the requirements he or she could get a four ride four years style should pay four or three or even two and then at the end of their college when they're about to graduate then they would be commissioned
as an officer in the army air force or navy which actually pays very well if you go to college the additional way there's no guarantees you get a job when you graduate college. does the school administration approve of these methods how to teach is that america's public schools see the presence of the army in their classrooms now and see wiley headmistress at the hubbard school is pragmatic. c.p.s. is struggling sometimes you know financially so we have to be real careful about our how we promote programs and how we finance programs the chair to see program is funded through the district so we don't take our school money to pay to have reaches. yes it is which is a nice thing so they're all military they're retired military. officers and they come in. and they give back to the kids so they get paid through the through the apple two c.
program and this is me so it's nice. something we don't have to pay for so. the program also includes morning and evening activities before and after school formal training parades military music and the color guard. the army is creative in how it uses military drills to inspire thousands of american youngsters to become the soldiers. what.
level was selling you on the idea that dropping bombs brings police to the chicken hawks forcing you to fight the battle of. the new socks for the tell you that would be gossip and probably by itself most important. off the bad guys and tell me you are not full enough to buy their product. teams are the hawks that we all have our love watching. rory fanning a former soldier opposes the system. leave the army and since then he has some want to discourage use from joining his form employer. they're. not communicating the full story to people they ask me call of duty is
a very popular first video game. play and they ask me is the military like call of duty. vast majority of people who are civilians they said. do you hear women and children screaming you know when they see their son or daughter child. beauty the video game. turn off call of duty oh yeah. these kids don't hear the darker side. to be a special forces soldier and food in afghanistan. he tries to convince teaches to let him talk about the reality of school. and i signed up to prevent another terrorist attack by virtue of targeting so many innocent people. creating the conditions for more terrorist attacks. there's an important statistic you know between one nine hundred eighty and two thousand and one there are three hundred
eighty four suicide bombs around the world only ten percent of those suicide directed at the u.s. and u.s. interests since two thousand and one there's been over twenty five hundred suicide bombs around the world with ninety percent aimed at the u.s. and u.s. interests. i'm lucky if i speak to three schools here because the program is. generally positive the teachers you know because it's a positive program don't necessarily. or rock the boat or bring someone like me to talk to the kids. i mean it's a perk arius work environment for so many teachers unfortunately so it's hasn't been easy the us spends about sixty billion dollars a year on education we spend probably six hundred billion dollars a year on average on the military so it's about ten times more on the military than advocation we close fifty public schools here they said there's no money for the
schools so the military. is filling in the blanks. see operates in districts while statistics on ethnic breakdowns in france not in the u.s. since chicago's j r c made up of fifty four percent latino thirty seven percent african-americans and only five percent caucasian yes my parents came to go thirty years ago from mexico they rented a small room for events in their neighborhood yasmin is the youngest of four children in the evening after school she always helps them in six months graduates she dreams of going to university and becoming a social work designer. exploring a lot in being able to do many things at the same time and i know with
being in you do travel a lot which is awesome but i don't think i would be able to handle a being away from home that long people say. because they are they. maybe not born in the united states and they feel like that's a great thing something made this. the geographic allocation of the program shows discrepancies. for instance there's only one school in montana. program with just two schools in new hampshire.
population of both states is ninety percent white the army is active in the. cities. and especially in the south. particularly in texas there are more than two hundred. after the nine eleven attacks before the region deployed troops. back home nearby. fort hood the. other regions main employer. this is where the army has set up shooting ranges at schools teaching students how to use guns. every morning and. these
young fourteen year old texans practice shooting. about five hundred. teach. rifles and especially other kids that have pellet rifle b.b. guns you know they don't a lot of them haven't been to safety class. kind of pride in our states of america and very religious and actually gets to be one of the. audience because. you are the future
of america you want to control the type country we continue to have fear is that they know that you can control. you know that right. you control fear not made a control you because of you at her to that on the ballot your courage going to do what's right whether you're in the classroom and even on the battlefield. you need tell you need three. in could you tell us why once he said it's like like other jobs you'd be like sitting in an office all day or some day you want to do would just get boring after a few years but i know the military will give me a chance to reach out to others and also make me a better person that's why i want to join the military actually already doing a little teary sure botham's life. so when my classmate who was saying. you can't go wrong with the military it's
a great stepping stone for whatever career you want to do. the military is great memory weight you know it builds leaders every single day that we care is our country we can control more we can actually embrace and inspire more with that power that's why i think the military is like great things to do and that's why i joined. the military because me and i saluted the ship off right after graduation. seventeen years. age. three years in the army with the option of extending to eighty is a program. makes this possible. still in school. every thursday he meets his trainers who prepare him for military service until he receives his obligatory diploma.
yes we're going to be rushing in to do a presentation at your school on friday. they are. there to the area like this right in texas there's a high school market is definitely where recruiters want to be because that's where the majority of people want to join in the syria in august if you want to be able to afford them the opportunity to. cover nineteen different high schools and. not have to work on any. of them have assigned high schools that they should be in you know a least. voice weeks she says probably the biggest asset and as far as recruiting goes you know when we go out to the schools they know who we're looking for. there's no conscription in the u.s. as in one hundred forty six other countries some recruiters have to sell a u.s. army to eighty thousand use a year two thousand and one law makes this easy schools must submit data on all the students to the pentagon so to can contact them directly at home otherwise funding
is cut. it's quite a task right now i have i think i have fifty three future soldiers in our program at one point we were up to seventy five. and so it's a challenge you know and especially some of them being younger they you know you have to keep up with them and give all of you know to do what they're supposed to but. you know it's it can be challenging. and the fight for their heart starts in primary school every regiment of the fort hood base has set up a partnership with a school. this operation enticements the soldiers spend hundreds of hours every year with these children they read to them go to the school canteen with them and
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