Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds.
* Students must opt out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1.
* Students do NOT require parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* EVERY high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors and seniors!
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.
HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT?
* At registration -- before the beginning of the school year. There is usually a checkbox on the registration form that allows for opting-out.
* By going directly to their school main office and amending their registration form if they have not checked the box to opt-out. (If they don't remember whether they opted-out or not, students can go to the main office to verify the information on their form.)
* By submitting an opt-out form (either that supplied by Recruiter Watch volunteers or by download at www.leavemychildalone.org/optout) to their school's main office.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON OPT-OUT:
More information on Opt-Out and No Child Left Behind can be found at
The September, 2009 issue of MOTHER JONES featured an excellent article by David Goodman, entitled, "A Few Good Kids?" This article provides information on the insidious invasion of privacy under No Child Left Behind and the Pentagon's JAMRS database and the heavy military recruitment of low-income and/or minority and/or less academic students.
ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARY ENLISTMENT?
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has generously provided an online version of their book, IT'S MY LIFE: A GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVES AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. This book is available as a FREE download.
Center on Conscience and War also has a state-by-state listing of alternatives to military enlistment.
LOCAL (PORTLAND, OREGON) RESOURCES:
Recruiter Watch PDX ( firstname.lastname@example.org):
Since the summer of 2005, Recruiter Watch PDX has worked to limit military recruitment in Portland area schools; educate youth, parents and community members about the realities of war and military life; and present concrete alternatives to the military. We challenge the "poverty draft" in which military recruiters excessively target low-income youth and people of color and believe through education we can greatly reduce the heightened militarism and war culture in our schools.
Military & Draft Counseling Project ((503) 238-0605):
Counselling on such issues as pre-(military) enlistment, separation from the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP), conscientious objection and selective service requirements. All counseling is free. No one will judge you or tell you what to do.
YOUR HELP IN REMINDING THE TEENS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND IN YOUR COMMUNITY CIRCLES ABOUT OPT-OUT IS APPRECIATED.