Like most college campuses, the University of Illinois in Champaign has a vocal anti-war movement. This members of this movement, while at least publicly saying they "support the troops", do everything they can to reinforce every negative image of them.
Luckily, the anti-war movement's volume is matched by its inability to get much accomplished. Because they value "feelings" over reality, they can rarely accomplish much as they insist on consensus. There was an attempt to begin a campaign of harassment against ROTC students, but they weren't able to agree on how to do it. Some advocated for outright harassment, spitting, throwing fake blood, and the like. Others advocated a more PR-friendly response because that would be "received better." In either case, there is the implicit notion that these "kids" are unable to make good decisions for themselves and must have been lied to. Yet they "support the troops."
There is something patently offensive about the idea that men and women who are between 18-24 and spend their time in serious endeavors like the military are wholly incapable of self-determination while the same people argue that 12-year-old girls have all the faculties they need to make the life or death decision of abortion. It seems the idea of anyone under 25 doing anything besides drinking and carousing is unacceptable.
This is really little more than a re-hash of the '60s anti-establishment fervor. The military is despised because it is the "Establishment." Any accusation, no matter how far from the truth, is acceptable. It's not the evidence but the seriousness of the charge, after all. Recently an Army Colonel gave a presentation to a class of 10-year-olds on good citizenship. No evidence was shown that this individual was recruiting kids for the armed service, and in fact, all evidence directly contradicts that. Yet the anti-war movement on campus cried foul. To them, a soldier is no different than a pedophile. Yet they "support the troops."