Judge: Go Ahead, Recruit Those Kids



A federal judge ruled that cities have no right to stop the US military from recruiting teen-agers, according to the Chron. The decision by U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong invalidated laws passed by the Humboldt County cities of Arcata and Eureka last November. Brown ruled that federal law allowing the recruiting of teens trumps any attempts by cities, counties, or states to stop it. The case was being watched closely by other cities, who have considered adopting similar measures. Eureka and Arcata may appeal, but their chances of prevailing at this point seem remote. In fact, their only real avenue may be to convince Congress and the Obama administration to outlaw military recruiting of teens nationally.