Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo (repost)

resist don't enlist

Image by Kate Tomlinson via Flickr

by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
originally posted July 12, 2012
May 25, 2015

This is the most important blog post on Dandelion Salad. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be considering enlisting as a soldier (mercenary). Stop them from selling their souls.

First is a list of the best videos with a description of the video followed by the link. Next is a short list of article links, then the archive of posts for “Before You Enlist” and websites for more information.

Thank you for sharing this post, you may have just saved a life or two. Here is the short link if you prefer:

Highly recommended videos:

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military’s marketing efforts.

Before You Enlist! (2006) (must-see)


In 1983, the National Film Board of Canada produced a 57-minute film, “Anybody’s Son Will Do”. Arguably the best anti-war film ever made, and tailored for public television, it scared the hell out of the U.S. military machine, which has done its best to “disappear” it. For years it has been nearly impossible to find a copy, but some kind soul has posted it on YouTube where it can be seen in six segments.


As for “Anyone’s Son Will Do”, DVDs of it should be in every junior high and high school in the country. Parent-teacher associations should have screenings. With any luck, it might get us headed toward a day when a common sight will be bumper stickers “Support Our Peace Makers”.

Anybody’s Son Will Do (1983; must-see)


“In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that altered the course of history. This movement didn’t take place on college campuses, but in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. And it spread throughout the battlefields of Vietnam. It was a movement no one expected, least of all those in it. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile. And by 1971 it had, in the words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services. Yet today few people know about the GI movement against the war in Vietnam.”

Sir, No Sir! (must-see)


Interview with Ian Slattery, associate producer of the documentary film “Soldiers of Conscience.” December 16, 2007

Interview: Soldiers of Conscience (video)


Directed by Josh Rushing, a veteran Marine Corps media spokesman, “SPIN: The Art of Selling War” is an investigative documentary that looks at the standard justification for going to war by the American administrations of past and present.

SPIN: The Art of Selling War


“The Good Soldier” follows the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier.

A film that could not be timelier, “The Good Soldier” poses the question: What is it that makes a good soldier? The answer: The ability to kill other human beings.

“The Good Soldier” reveals how soldiers simultaneously grapple with their duty and their own humanity.

Bill Moyers Journal: The Good Soldier


Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue. It is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today.

Body of War (must-see)


In this disturbing chapter of The Empire Files, Abby Martin documents decades of experimentation on US troops—from nuclear tests to psychotropic drugs—as well as knowingly exposing them to deadly poisons, from sarin gas to Agent Orange. Most damning is that the hundreds of thousands of veterans seeking help from the government for the side-effects are always met with lies and denial.

Abby Martin: Used and Betrayed: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats


U.S. Army: 0 — Internet: 1 by David Swanson

Military Recruiting and How To Confront It by Pat Elder

How to Counter Military Recruitment by Pat Elder

Army Makes Case Against Enlisting by David Swanson

Radical Peace: People Refusing War (archive of posts)

What if they gave a War? By Charles Sullivan (2006)

Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

Wars Begin in High School Cafeterias by David Swanson

Don’t Enlist by Laurence M. Vance

Should Anyone Join the Military? by Laurence M. Vance

Testimony of a US ex-marine By Rosa Miriam Elizalde

The price of pacifism: Refusing to go to war is finally being recognised as a brave act

Archive of posts:

Before You Enlist

Recommended websites:

Courage to Resist

The National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy

The Objector Registry

Recommended Information:

Meet Sgt. Abe, the Honest Recruiter by The Quakers

GI Rights Hotline: 877-447-4487 or 919-663-7122

62 thoughts on “Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo (repost)

  1. Pingback: Abby Martin: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats – Dandelion Salad

  2. Pingback: Women’s Draft? Sign Me Up To Abolish War by Rivera Sun – Dandelion Salad

  3. Pingback: How to Counter Military Recruitment by Pat Elder (#NoWar2016) – Dandelion Salad

  4. Pingback: The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Killer Drone by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

  5. Pingback: SPIN: The Art of Selling War (2004) – Dandelion Salad

  6. Pingback: War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler – Dandelion Salad

  7. Pingback: Smedley Butler: I Was A Racketeer, A Gangster For Capitalism – Dandelion Salad

  8. Pingback: Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation – Dandelion Salad

  9. Pingback: Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

  10. Pingback: Memorial Day Myths by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

  11. Pingback: Abby Martin: Used and Betrayed: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats – Dandelion Salad

  12. Pingback: Women’s Draft? Sign Me Up To Abolish War by Rivera Sun + Feds Extend Deadline for Public Comments on Future Draft – Dandelion Salad

  13. Pingback: Pat Elder: It’s Not A Volunteer Force, Amy. It’s A Recruited Force. – Dandelion Salad

  14. Pingback: David Swanson VS Pete Kilner: Is War Ever Justifiable? – Dandelion Salad

  15. Pingback: A Trumparade Would Stir Up War Fever by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

  16. Pingback: David Swanson: The More The US Spends On Weapons, The Less Safe We Are – Dandelion Salad

  17. Pingback: Liberty and Justice for Some by Paul Street – Dandelion Salad

  18. Pingback: A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans – Dandelion Salad

  19. Pingback: Resistance Against Military Recruiters at School by Pat Elder – Dandelion Salad

  20. Pingback: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed, by Pat Elder – Dandelion Salad

  21. Pingback: Military Recruiting and How To Confront It by Pat Elder – Dandelion Salad

  22. Pingback: Radical Peace: People Refusing War, Ch. 15: Coming Home by William T. Hathaway | Dandelion Salad

  23. Pingback: War – Parts 5-7: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War + Notes on Nuclear War + Goodbye War (1983) | Dandelion Salad

  24. Pingback: War – Part 4: The Deadly Game of Nations (1983) | Dandelion Salad

  25. Pingback: War – Part 3: The Profession of Arms (1983) | Dandelion Salad

  26. Pingback: War – Part 2: Anybody’s Son Will Do (1983; must-see) | Dandelion Salad

  27. Pingback: War – Part 1: The Road to Total War (1983) | Dandelion Salad

  28. Lo, this is an excellent post and I expect to spend a day or so examining all that you have here. Have you made sure David Swanson will see it? I can probably arrange to send it to him if you haven’t done so. I think he would like to add it to his posts, too.

    • Thanks, Tom, however, I don’t know if David would be interested as it’s a compilation post with lots of links. It’s also a few years old as it’s a repost.

  29. On the contrary the individual who enlists as a volunteer has a choice to be or not to be, the outcome for this individual is he or these days she will be killed or will be maimed or will come back as a potential murderer or murderer? we have to consider motivation here, is the enlisted individual desiring to be a here? is this person desiring to commit suicide? we must not interfere with personal choice, also many individuals are either mentally unstable or is culturally indoctrinated as having ideas such as a loss of identity of self and hope to find their self with a challenge of significance? I suggest all people of a society are lost if they have a belief that their society is normal? or is politically correct.

    • Not following you here, Don. Most enlistees are teenagers or early 20’s, they need to know exactly what they are getting themselves into before they sign up. This post with many links to videos and articles does just that.

      • Sorry to know you do not get my meaning and attribute this to my poor writing, I will comment of what you say, if a teenager or early 20s cannot understand the severity or war? I suggest the parents are inadequate in discussing concepts and ideas, what I find a problem with most people they assume what reality is? my problem is the uncertainty factor, of what is meaning? most people are so up themselves that they are committed to being smart asses, having little humility, I hope you can understand what I am saying?

        • No, it’s not your writing, Don, it’s me not understanding what you wrote. Thanks for adding more.

          Active recruitment starts in the junior/middle schools in the US, these children are in their early teens. Passive recruitment starts much younger with all the propaganda via TV commercials and “news”, TV/movies, etc. For example, yesterday many towns and cities had Memorial Day Parades that included military jets in fly-overs. To counter this recruitment of our youth, I made this post.

          For most Americans and probably Australians as well, they do not know the severity of war because they have not lived in a war zone.

          It’s also a socio-economic issue, because most recruits are found in lower working class families with less opportunity for finding work. The military recruiters use this to their advantage promising huge salaries and benefits, therefore enticing these young people.

          During Basic Training, all are trained to kill other people. They are also heavily propagandized and brainwashed to a certain degree.

          Have you watched any of these films/videos or read any of these articles? Many are written by soldiers/veterans who know what the military is about.

        • No I have not seen the videos as my machine is stuffed and I need to upgrade this computer, having said this, I have lived in London at the first two years of WW2, experiencing German bombing, I then became evacuated to East Grinstead which is closer to Germany, then experiencing doodle bugs or the early V1s rockets that were close to the house lived in and in both places the ground shook as if it were a earthquake tremor, and then to Somerset, which then was bombed by German bombers and the finally to South Wales, what was preferable were the German bombers to the the vindictive tirades of my father whom was a nice respectable citizen other than private life within the family, ever since then I have been suspect of all authority including the Australian government as little more than a criminal organization working for the finance companies such as the IMF and The World Bank and virtually all authorities such as the psychotherapy industry are all part of the destruction of our planet and people.

        • So sorry you had to live through that, Don. My mother was there, too, outside of London. She never got over it. Children are generally more resilient, but she was old enough to know what was going on (school age).

Comments are closed.