Mason 1 Persuasive Speech: Armed Forces The Armed Forces: Something To Consider Outline for COMM 233 Persuasive Speech Perry W. Mason Monmouth College 11-14-08 Mason 2 Title of Speech: Armed Forces: Something To Consider Specific Purpose Statement: To convince my audience to consider serving in the Armed Forces. Proposition: The audience should consider serving in the Armed Forces for career opportunities and life benefits.
Attention: As a child my father would tell me stories about his service in the Vietnam War. He 9d talk of times when laughed, times of he was afraid, and times when he thought he wasn 9t going to make it out alive. Despite the hard times he faced during his service, he still says the same thing to this day.
c The life of an army man isn 9t always fun, but they do take care of you. Soon all of you will be attempting to settle yourself into the real world, seeking the life you want to live. And today, I 9m going to explain how the Armed Forces can help you accomplish the career and life goals you have.
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forces can help to fulfill that need, and visualizing yourself using the Armed Forces to accomplish for goals, all of you will seeing that serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for financial and career benefits should be considered. I.<br><br> Need: For a college student, the two biggest problems one will face is the need for financial and career experience. A. With the increase cost of college, its becoming harder and harder of for a student to keep their finance in order.<br><br> 1. In 2005, the total for student loans reached over $80 Billion (68.6 Billion for federal loans and 16.3 for private loans. Mason 3 This is number that has double from ten years earlier.<br><br> (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2007 2. Tuition averages about $10,000 with private colleges, and about $24,000 for private colleges in the 2005-06 academic year. (Department of Education, 2007) B.<br><br> From speaking with your teachers, parents, and friends, all of you know how job experience is important. 1. Last September, the on employment rate for the U.S.<br><br> reach 6.1%, the highest in five years. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008) Knowing that information, its best that all of you consider the Armed Forces as a solution to the problem. 2.<br><br> As March, 14 2007 CNN Money article titled Survey warns grads of tight job market put the problem in perspective, d a number of recent studies have shown a downward trend in hiring new employees. A survey of executives of the nation's largest companies found that two out of three CEOs saw no change or decreased hiring. The number of execs who predict more hiring over the next six months fell to 33 percent from 37 percent in the previous survey d (CNN, 2007) 3.<br><br> Now in seeing the financial and employment need for college students, a clear solution to the problem is joining and serving in the Armed Forces. Mason 4 II. Satisfaction: The monetary support and job training/experience within the Armed Forces clearly solves the problem.<br><br> A. Interest in the benefits of the military is a popular idea. 1.<br><br> A Youth Attitude Track Study showed three main three for increased interest in Military Service: Money for College, Training (Lehnus, 2008) B. G.I. Bill gives great access and availability for way to pay for college 1.<br><br> Approximately 2.6 million people joined the Armed Forces in 2007. (Bureau of Statistics, 2007) -During that fiscal year, over 500,000 military personal used the G.I. Bill (Dept of VA, 2008) C.<br><br> Post-service benefits are available in several ways through Veterans Affairs Department 2. These programs include Health Care, Education, Housing, Insurance, etc. 3.<br><br> From 1970 to 1998,The expenditures for veterans program has quadrupled, $40 billion (allcountries.com) D. Career experience is easy to gain with the numerous careers the Armed Forces offers. Mason 5 1.<br><br> The Today 9s Military Website offers searches for 141 career job: Aerospace engineering, Broadcast Journalism, Musicians, Psychology, Legal Specialists, Interpreters, Piloting, and many more. (todaysmilitary.com) 2. The Military.com website list over 250 business which actively look for individuals with military experience, which include American Online, Caterpillar, IBM, Visa, and Sprint.<br><br> (Military.com) D. Flexibility 1.Full service isn 9t necessary. All Five branches of the Armed Forces have reserve programs in which many forms of part-time service are available.<br><br> 2. Sgt Jeremiah Workman, cYou live a normal lifestyle, you go to work, you come home, unless you 9re training of course. I think a lot of people think if you join the military you 9re life 9s over and you belong to the government, but it 9s not really like that. d (todaysmilitary.com) 3.<br><br> Senior Airman Jennifer Gayheart, cThey work with you; a lot of times if you have personal issues, family issues, if you need any advice on anything, they help you. They're very flexible with our schedules, if we have a graduation, or a wedding, or something friend-wise that we would need to attend. d(todaysmilitary.com) Mason 6 E. Serving within the armed forces can put you in situations that are highly dangerous, but compared to the entire number people in active duty and other high risk jobs, the risk is not overwhelming.<br><br> 1. Of the 250,000 U.S. soldiers who have been deployed to Iraq, 4190 have been unfortunately confirmed deaths and 30744 officially wounded.<br><br> (icasualties.org, 2008) That 9s a percentage of about 1.7% for deaths and 12.3% for those wounded. By no am I attempting to marginalize the deaths and injuries of these braves soldiers, I merely showing that serving in the Armed Forces within the current conflict doesn 9t overwhelmingly increase the odds of death and injury. B.<br><br> Serving in the Armed Forces obvious has life risks, but considering the statistics, the benefits and advantages, and honor gained for service in the military, than at the least, the risk is justified. III. Visualization: Now that I have shown how the Armed Forces can help you, I ask to all of you to take a moment and visualize forcing servicing in any branch of the armed forces, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, etc.<br><br> A. Caring for VA patients in a Veterans Hospital as nurse for Army. Mason 7 B.<br><br> Oversee personnel, equipment, and supplies funding as finance or accounting manager for a Navy post. C. For matters involving the military judicial system, a legal specialist or courts reporter are heavily needed.<br><br> D. You can even oversee military musical programs and performances as a music director. - For nearly every profession or career, the Armed Forces have a place for you to start, but to expand as well.<br><br> III. Action Today I 9ve discussed the need for college students to have a financial stability and employment experience, how the armed forces satisfies those needs, and visualized the solution taking place. I encourage all of you to research the Armed Forces and consider that benefits it has for you financially and for your future careers.<br><br> My father wasn 9t the same man after Vietnam. Recently he has been classified as to having acute bi-polar disorder and depression. Although he battles with this problem everyday, he would be able to handle them constructively with the medical and financial help VA programs have given him.<br><br> My father is proof the Armed Forces ctake care of you d. Mason 8 References Survey warns grads of tight job market (2007,March 14) CNN. Retrieved November 2, 2008 from http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/14/news/economy/job_search/index.htm?post version=2007031416 This site gives solid information on how the job market is becoming very scarce.<br><br> The context of article helps to highlight my point that need for job experience is need in today 9s market. Gordon, M. (October 1, 2007) U.S.<br><br> college students buried under debt. Seattle Post- Intelligencer . Retrieved November 12, 2008 from http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/333818_studentloans01.html This source offers great information concerning college student debt and how it affects them.<br><br> It helps me to further show my point of how college is becoming more and more of a burden for students. Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey(2008, November 3) Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved November 3, 2008 from http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_num bers&series_id=LNS14000000 Mason 9 This site has a detailed graph and statistics showing the unemployment rate of the U.S.<br><br> from different years. The source allows me to use unemployment figure to enhance the point how uneasy and unstable the job market is in the U.S. right now.<br><br> Lehnus, J. and Wilson, M. Sources of Perceptions Military Service.<br><br> Defense Manpower Data Center. Retrieved November 11, 2008 from http://www.ijoa.org/imta96/paper28.html This source shows studies of people reasons for interests and perceptions on military services. This source helps me emphasize the point of the Armed Forces being of high interest for people as far money for college and training for a job or career.<br><br> Military Career: Search (2008) Today 9s Military. Retrieved November 2, 2008 from http://www.todaysmilitary.com/careers/search This site give access to information about a hoist of different military careers. The source helps me illustrate the broad and different career one can gain experience in by serving in the Armed Forces.<br><br> Misconceptions. (2008) Today 9s Military. Retrieved November 10, 2008 from http://www.todaysmilitary.com/video-transcripts/myth-vs-reality- misconceptions This source has excerpts from interview done with several military service people.<br><br> The source helps me to refute any misconceptions my audience might have with the Armed Forces. Mason 10 Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition . (2007, December 17) Bureau of Labor Statistics.<br><br> Retrieved September 18, 2008 from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos249.htm#addinfo The site gives the basic information about Armed Forces like number of people in each branch, and explaining ranking, etc. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.<br><br> (2007). Digest of Education Statistics, 2006 (NCES 2007 3017) This site gives statistics about the cost of college for private and public institutions. This source helps me to illustrate the necessity for a college student to find a solution to their financial needs.<br><br> Veterans Benefits- Expenditures, by Programs. (2006). Information Technology Associate.<br><br> Retrieved November 9, 2008 from http://www.allcountries.org/uscensus/594_veterans_benefits_expenditures_b y_program.html This source gives about useful statistics on how money has been on certain military veteran programs throughout the years. It will help me show the increase amount of money the armed forces used to help veterans. Welcome to the G.I.<br><br> Bill Website (2008, October ) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved November 1, 2008, from http://www.gibill.va.gov/ Mason 11 This site gives a broad overview of the G.I.<br><br> Bill and its uses. The source shows the point that the Armed Forces allows colleges to pay for college in a better and more financially sound way. <br><br>