Some parents question Marines for recruitment on Facebook

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- Some parents and students were unaware that the Marines have been recruiting on social media since 2012.

"It is stalkerish and very creepy," said Heather Hill, mother of an 18-year-old. "You don't ever know exactly if it is actually a recruiter or if it's a stalker with the way things are nowadays."

The supervisor for the the Marines Corps Recruiting office in Wichita, GySgt Martinzie Watkins, said they recruit on Facebook, only after a cold call fails.

"Everybody's prospecting through Facebook. You've got to look at the sheer numbers. There's over 300 million people on Facebook, so don't be alarmed if you get something from a recruiter," said Martinzie.

Martinzie said that none of the legitimate recruiters will ask for confidential information. If anyone questions the validity of the message on Facebook, they can contact the local recruitment office and ask for a supervisor.

By federal law, all public school districts are required to provide directory information, such as name, address, and phone number. In the Wichita Public Schools district, parents can fill out a military opt-out form during enrollment.

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