Saying no to war isn’t that easy. When you’ve got a pile of debt from your student loans, or you’re working a minimum wage job, or you havean unreliable health plan, it’s hard to refuse when military recruiters dangle a “solution” to your problems.

Let’s face it; higher education is expensive, making university campuses hot spots for military recruiters to enlist. Many Canadian universities are affiliated with the Canadian Forces, providing them with booths at career fairs and space to sprinkle their advertisements around campus.

Recruitment is a big part of the Harper’s Canada First Defence Strategy, and one of their major approaches to dealing with shortages in the armed forces is to establish solid relationships with educational institutions wherein lies the young and the vulnerable.

With incentives like tuition subsidies and messages like “you, too, can be a hero,” the bait is almost too enticing.

But, there’s a lot these military recruiters don’t tell you on the spot. While they don’t hesitate to emphasize the benefits of working with Canadian Forces, they pause when it comes to the ramifications of enlisting, Canada’s foreign policy and especially when it comes to why we’re in Afghanistan and Haiti. Details aside, it makes for a pretty glamorous career.

Under the Conservative government, the Department of National Defence spent over $17 million on advertisements alone, the most out of any government agency. With that money, Canadian Forces recruited more people than they intended.

Harper promised to pull out troops in Afghanistan by 2011. In the meantime, how many more young Canadians will be killed?

Following the words of War Free Schools: “Students shouldn’t have to die or kill to afford to go to school.”