Toolkit to Reduce Military Recruitment

Contents:

  1. Opt-Out Forms (Instructing your school to not release private information)
    1. For Parents
    2. For Students
  2. Template letters to your school’s principal
    1. For Parents
    2. For Students
    3. For Community Members
  3. Contacting your school committee and PTO/PTA
  4. For students who want to do more

 

Opt-Out Forms

What is an “opt-out” form?
An opt-out form is a document demonstrating that you or your child would not like any personal
information sent to military recruiters.
Mail these into your school:

For parents/guardians:

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PARENT OPT OUT FORM
Regarding the release of name, address, and telephone number, and other personal information to
military recruiters, the armed forces, or the Department of Defense.

Student Name_______________________ Date of Birth _________
School ______________________ Date ________________

___ I request that my student’s name, address, telephone number, and other personal information not
be released to Armed Forces and Military Recruiters or Military Schools, and that the school keeps this
on record for my student’s remaining years at the school.

Signature of parent/guardian ______________________________

Federal public law 107-110, section 9528 of the ESEA, "No Child Left Behind Act" requires
school districts to release student names, addresses, and phone numbers to military recruiters
upon their request. Students are then called at home by recruiters and pressured to join the
military. The law also requires the school district to notify you of your right to Opt-Out from this
by requesting that the district not release your information to military recruiters. The completion
and return of this form serves as your request to withhold your private information.

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For students:

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STUDENT OPT OUT FORM
Regarding the release of name, address, and telephone number, and other personal information to
military recruiters, the armed forces, or the Department of Defense.

Student Name_______________________ Date of Birth _________
School ______________________ Date ________________

___ I request that my name, address, telephone number, and other personal information not be
released to Armed Forces and Military Recruiters or Military Schools, and that the school keeps this on
record for my remaining years at the school.

Signature of student ______________________________

Federal public law 107-110, section 9528 of the ESEA, "No Child Left Behind Act" requires
school districts to release student names, addresses, and phone numbers to military recruiters
upon their request. Students are then called at home by recruiters and pressured to join the
military. The law also requires the school district to notify you of your right to Opt-Out from this
by requesting that the district not release your information to military recruiters. The completion
and return of this form serves as your request to withhold your private information.
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Template letters

Send the below letter, or craft your own, to the principal of your local high school.

For parents/guardians:

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Dear Principal ____________________
I am writing about the presence of military recruiters in ___________ (your child’s school). As a parent
with a child at _____________, I want to express my disappointment that ___________ has any
relationship with the military. They do not have any place in an educational institution, particularly
without proper transparency around what is truly going on. Barring keeping the military out of
_________ entirely, here are the steps that your school should take to insure that you minimize the
communication between your students and military recruiters:
 Not host a JROTC program.
 Not administer militarized standardized exams, such as the ASVAB.
 Inform students that taking the ASVAB can negate the opt-out form.
 Advise students taking the ASVAB to select Option 8 in regards to the ASVAB; this bars all data
collected from the test to be sent from the military, and makes it only accessible to the
administration.
 Require faculty or staff supervision during visits by military recruiters.
 Keep records of the frequency and duration of visits by military recruiters, as well as their
names, ranks, office addresses and supervisor’s contact information.
 Have a written policy regarding military recruiter visits which that is also sent home to parents.
 Seek out alternative viewpoints (organizations articulating opposition to military service for
graduating high school students) if recruiters visit the school, and aim to equalize the numbers
of visits these organizations have.
 Distribute and collect opt-out forms by homeroom teachers or at a school-wide assembly with
an explanation of what they mean.
 Make certain that opt-out forms need to be clear for all to understand, and be accommodating
to families where English is a second language.
 Make the due date for opt-out forms clear to students, parents and guardians. Notify parents if
the school distributes their child’s information to the military, and when this will occur.
 Include in the student handbook the opt-out forms and the policy surrounding them.
 Have the time allotted to return opt-out forms are not less than a month or two.
 Include mental health warnings regarding service in the armed forces.
Thank you for keeping our students as safe as possible,
___________________________________

For students:

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Dear Principal ____________________
I am writing about the presence of military recruiters in ___________ (your school). As a student at
___________, I want to express my disappointment that ___________ has any relationship with the
military. They do not have any place in an educational institution, particularly without proper
transparency around what is truly going on. Barring keeping the military out of _________ entirely, here
are the steps that our school should take to insure that you minimize the communication between
students and military recruiters:
 Not host a JROTC program.
 Not administer militarized standardized exams, such as the ASVAB.
o Inform students that taking the ASVAB can negate the opt-out form.
o Advise students taking the ASVAB to select Option 8 in regards to the ASVAB; this bars
all data collected from the test to be sent from the military, and makes it only accessible
to the administration.

 Require faculty or staff supervision during visits by military recruiters.
 Keep records of the frequency and duration of visits by military recruiters, as well as their
names, ranks, office addresses and supervisor’s contact information.
 Have a written policy regarding military recruiter visits which that is also sent home to parents.
 Seek out alternative viewpoints (organizations articulating opposition to military service for
graduating high school students) if recruiters visit the school, and aim to equalize the numbers
of visits these organizations have.
 Distribute and collect opt-out forms by homeroom teachers or at a school-wide assembly with
an explanation of what they mean.
 Make certain that opt-out forms need to be clear for all to understand, and be accommodating
to families where English is a second language.
 Make the due date for opt-out forms clear to students, parents and guardians. Notify parents if
the school distributes their child’s information to the military, and when this will occur.
 Include in the student handbook the opt-out forms and the policy surrounding them.
 Have the time allotted to return opt-out forms are not less than a month or two.
 Include mental health warnings regarding service in the armed forces.
Thank you for keeping the students at ___________ as safe as possible,
___________________________________

For students:

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Dear Principal ____________________
I am writing about the presence of military recruiters in ___________ (your town’s high school). As a
resident of ___________ (town), I want to express my disappointment that ___________ has any
relationship with the military. They do not have any place in an educational institution, particularly
without proper transparency around what is truly going on. Barring keeping the military out of
_________ (school) entirely, here are the steps that your school should take to insure that you minimize
the communication between your students and military recruiters:
 Not host a JROTC program.
 Not administer militarized standardized exams, such as the ASVAB.
o Inform students that taking the ASVAB can negate the opt-out form.
o Advise students taking the ASVAB to select Option 8 in regards to the ASVAB; this bars
all data collected from the test to be sent from the military, and makes it only accessible
to the administration.

 Require faculty or staff supervision during visits by military recruiters.
 Keep records of the frequency and duration of visits by military recruiters, as well as their
names, ranks, office addresses and supervisor’s contact information.
 Have a written policy regarding military recruiter visits which that is also sent home to parents.
 Seek out alternative viewpoints (organizations articulating opposition to military service for
graduating high school students) if recruiters visit the school, and aim to equalize the numbers
of visits these organizations have.
 Distribute and collect opt-out forms by homeroom teachers or at a school-wide assembly with
an explanation of what they mean.
 Make certain that opt-out forms need to be clear for all to understand, and be accommodating
to families where English is a second language.
 Make the due date for opt-out forms clear to students, parents and guardians. Notify parents if
the school distributes their child’s information to the military, and when this will occur.
 Include in the student handbook the opt-out forms and the policy surrounding them.
 Have the time allotted to return opt-out forms are not less than a month or two.
 Include mental health warnings regarding service in the armed forces.
Thank you for keeping our students as safe as possible,

___________________________________

 

Contacting your school committee and PTO/PTA

Call or email you school committee and PTO/PTA:
1. Visit (address)
2. Put in your zip code
3. Email or call the people shown using our scripts below or your own words

Email:
I am the parent of a child at _______(child’s school) and I’m writing about military recruitment in
schools. For the safety of all students at ______ we should minimize the school's contact with the
military. You can find information about the dangers of military recruitment, what our school is doing
now and what our school should be doing here (link to PDF of Military Recruitment Report). Don’t
hesitate to reply with any questions.

Phone:
I am the parent of a child at _______(child’s school) and I’m writing about military recruitment in
schools. For the safety of all students at ______ we should minimize the school's contact with the
military. If you are interested in learning more about this issue, please give me your email and I can send
you the link to a report about this topic. Inside there is information about the dangers of military
recruitment, what our school is doing now and what are school should be doing. Is there any other
information I can provide for you?

 

For students who want to do more

 

Reach out to The Resistance Center at ??? if you want support in doing more to help you school and
fellow students disconnect from military recruitment. Some things The Resistance Center could help you
with:
o Getting all students to sign an opt-out form
o Having a presentation at your school about the reasons to stop military recruitment in schools
o Having a table at lunch exploring options other than the military after high school
o Consultation about another related project you want to work on