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A video production by Telequest, Inc. with support from the American Friends Service Committee and National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)

OBJECTIVE: “Before You Enlist!” provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. The message is not “don’t enlist” but rather to provide young people and their families a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military – especially in wartime. Latest version: 2018. Length: 16:34.

The video provides a brief introduction to the subject of military enlistment. For in-depth information, visit the Truth in Recruiting links listed on this page.

Spanish: "¡Antes de Alistarte!" (2016 version; update coming soon)

The American Friends Service Committee, National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), About Face: Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out, the Coalition for Peace Action and other groups worked with the producers to develop the program.

APPROACH: The content of the program is carried by interviews with combat veterans and family members of military personnel killed, wounded or still on duty. Straight talk from soldiers, an ex-recruiter, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the glamorous and exciting pictures presented by military recruiters and their marketing efforts. Strong visuals provide a vivid picture of the human costs of war and the realities of enlisted life and beyond.

Subject matter includes: The human cost of war ... training to kill ... risk of death, injury and psychological damage ... loss of individual freedom ... realities of college and job opportunities after service ... limits on veterans’ benefits ... recruitment sales and marketing strategies ... and what to do if you are being pressured to enlist by a recruiter.

AUDIENCE AND PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION: The primary audience is high school students and their families. The program is available for free Internet viewing and for airing on broadcast and cable outlets. The program may also be distributed via high school guidance counselors and by various groups seeking to provide alternative information at schools, shopping malls and wherever the military is actively recruiting teenagers.

You may download a copy to view and present to audiences where no internet connection is available. But we ask that you NOT upload it to other websites (we update the program periodically and want to make sure audiences always get the latest and best information). English download available HERE; Spanish download coming soon.


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