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Sarah Dashow Lavia – ENG101 Image Analysis December 7, 2007 The Military Honor Code: Does it Exist? A young man, just fresh of eighteen years, stands in line. As he approaches the front, he turns in the pile of papers he is holding and moves to the next room where his head is shaved. As he moves through the following rooms, he is handed clothing, a rifle, and other pieces of his U.S. Army uniform. Finally, he stands with other young men and women, also with newly shaved heads or cut hair, weapons and uniforms. In a few moments, as the other finish filing in, he will begin boot camp, where he will learn all the essential skills to be a soldier. Where is this young man now? He is on the front lines – metal shrapnels from explosives flying around him, gunfire echoing in his ears, the cries of pain from the injured, the smell of sweat, gun powder and blood permeating through his nostrils. This is not what he was told he would be doing. His recruiter told him that the Army Reserve did not need to send anyone else over to the war, that he would be able to serve his country from within the country. Why was he there then? Was the recruiter lying to him simply to get him to sign the papers? The answer is probably ‘yes’, not ‘he didn’t know any better,’ and as unfortunate as that is, it happens more often than you think. Which brings me to ask this: the military honor code, our way of viewing the soldiers as honest, courageous people, does it exist anymore? Although both advertisements I chose are sponsored and put together by the U.S. Army, Image B, a video game advertisement, is more ethical than Image A, a military recruitment ad, because it does not try to recruit people with a false sense of
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what joining the military really could be and does not attempt to hide the violence that is unavoidably a part of it. Looking first at Image A, you can see a man portrayed in some sort of construction job, and the screen he is pointing to shows him in a desert area, looking rather clean and happy, in his military uniform, as explained previously. A young teenager flipping through this magazine might have this ad catch his eye because he is trying to find out what he wants to do in the future, and maybe he wants to go into civil engineering but knows he could never afford to attend a college for that, so this ad draws him in. It gives him this false sense that the military would be a good way to secure him this job – which very well may be true, but how much do you need to serve and obey them until you get to be in this job you want so much? The small, and most likely ignored, text at the bottom mentions a little that he might “be a citizen one day and a soldier the next,” but that still does not quite tell the whole story. This boy will call a local recruiter, and take the military placement test, passes, and sit down to talk to the recruiter who will give him some story about how he will be sent to college through the ROTC if he works hard to get
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This essay was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Cornett during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.

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