Today was my day off, and I took advantage of it by trying to sleep in. However, I was awoken at 9 a.m. by a phone call. Usually, the only calls I get this early are from work, so I took it.
The call was from an army recruiter, saying he was going to be in my area that day and wanted to know if I was interested in any information about the army. I replied with a polite, "No, thank you."
"Oh, really?" he replied. "So, are you still at [community college I used to attend], then? Are you still enrolled?"
Now, it's highly possible that I'm just oversensitive about it, but I'm not in college right now because personal problems were making it too difficult for me to attend. As soon as I stopped attending, I was deluged with recruitment flyers from all the branches of the military. I don't like the fact that the military has access to this information about me, I really don't like the implication that being a possible college dropout means that the army is my best possibility for having a future. So (overreaction or not) I was only slightly less offended than if the guy had said, "Also, we read your medical file and saw that you're depressed. If you're considering suicide, the Iraq war is a great way to do it!"
Regardless, the guy should have left me alone when I said "no" the first time. So I said, much less politely, "I'm going back in the fall, actually, and I really do not want to join the army." Normally, I'm not so rude, but I was tired and I had a feeling that he wouldn't leave me alone if I wasn't firm.
He said goodbye and hung up.
Before this, I've had recruiters approach my group of friends as we were trying to eat lunch at a restaurant, and come after my coworkers and I when we were trying to work. I'm an overweight girl with glasses; it's not like that screams, "I am the ideal person to defend this country!"
(Note: I have nothing against the military. I have a friend at West Point, and another who served in Iraq; it's just not for me. It's the recruiters I don't like, because in my experience, they are pushy and deceitful.)