In ‘sleeping on it,’ I find myself increasingly bugged by the goarmy.com page whose ending is /hslda.Â I address my concerns at my own blog.
I would say thatÂ the homeschoolers I’ve met are patriotic people.Â My sample is skewed because most homeschoolers I’ve metÂ ‘in real life’Â were of the military persuasion.Â But still, in my online dealings with homeschoolers I find that they invariably care about our country.Â Online, I’ve met no political anarchists who are out to destroy the government, nor any anti-American people who have hate on their minds.Â Whether Democrat or Republican, but more usually Independent, the people I’ve emailed have beenÂ deeply concernedÂ about how our country works.
I can’t say, though, that the majority of the people I’ve ‘e-met’ have, as a group, been of the ‘military persuasion,’Â but then again,Â fewÂ of the people thatÂ I’ve met since my husband’s retirement from both active duty with the Army, and as an Army civilianÂ followed byÂ our subsequent return to America (leaving aside the Greatest Generation at my mom’s retirement village), have been of the ‘military persuasion.’Â The ‘homeschoolers’ I’ve met onlineÂ seem to beÂ of similar political makeup as the localÂ ‘civilians.’
So where does this close affiliation between the goarmy website and HSLDA come in?Â Why is HSLDA pushing homeschooled kids towards military service?Â (see:Â Â The Military-HSLDA Complex and our Freedoms, Mar/Apr 2000; blog entry of the same name at hr3753.blogspot.com)Â I don’t think my own parents, a 30-year Army/Air Force enlisted & officer servicemember, and a WWII WAC, were as enthusiastic about military service as are HSLDA, andÂ my folksÂ are ‘3 for 3’ as far as recruiting efforts goÂ because myÂ brother, sisterÂ and IÂ all enlisted.
In all my years ‘with the military’ (birth to age 49) I’ve not seen an organization specifically work with a service to encourage the young people associated with that organization to join up.Â Â I know there were never any organized recruiting efforts at any installation where I lived.Â Â But maybe I’ve been on the ‘wrong side’ of the fence all along for seeing this sort of thing?Â Maybe a view from within the military is the wrong place to be looking for specific associations?Â Has anyone else seen this kind of partnership?Â Â Do AmericanÂ social, political or educationalÂ civilian groups embark on recruiting campaigns for one of the military services?Â If so, the comments section of this message is available.Â I’d like to hear about it, and what those campaigns looked like.