In this scene from the book, Ishmael and a few of his friends are selected to leave the army and go to a rehabilitation center. Not surprisingly, the kids are not happy about this because they feel that the army is their true home and they belong there. Not only that, but they are put with some of the rebels that they fought against, which eventually leads to fighting.
I choose this scene because it shows how other people are trying to help the army kids (like Ishmael) but they are so brainwashed that they won't accept their help and think that they are just disrupting their lives. "It was infuriating to be told what to do by civilians." This was a major turning point in Ishmaels life whether he wanted it to be or not; he was no longer fighting in the army, scaring his young brain. In the long run, this helped Ishmael once he accepted the help, but it took a long time for him to trust others. This was a huge mountain for Ishmael to climb at just a young age due to many different thing such as drug withdraw.
This helped the plot because Ishmael got the chance to share his thoughts on kids in the army and help make those changes. If he had to stay in the army, he would not have been able to help other young kids. "I talked briefly about my experience and my hope that the war would end- it was the only way that adults would stop recruiting children."