2019 Military Recruitment Report

We’re proud to publish our fourth edition of Military Recruitment in Western Massachusetts High Schools— the only report of its kind. An analysis of the military documents kept by high schools in the 2017-2018 academic year, this version is the most extensive yet. While The Resistance Center received the best response from schools in our four years of compiling the report, our findings remained the same: military recruiters are active in our children’s schools and, more often than not, schools are not keeping records of recruiter involvement.

What isSRK?

Our Stop Recruiting Kids! campaign seeks to put limits on school recruiters by working with students, teachers, and school administrators. We want to send a message to the U.S. military: you have no place in our schools.

What is
  • Make sure all students have access to an “opt-out” form. If signed by a parent, the student’s private information cannot be shared with military recruiters.
  • Advocate for schools to maintain a written policy regarding recruiter visits that is sent home to students and families for transparency.
  • Ensure schools keep a careful record of the frequency and duration of recruiter visits and require staff supervision during each of these visits for accountability.
  • Educate students and families on the risks of enlistment and share alternatives to military service with students.

Since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 first allowed military recruiters to collect students’ private information, infiltrate their classes and lunch tables, follow them after school, dog them online, and even show up at their front doors, military recruiter presence in high schools has increased dramatically. Recruiters are encouraged to engage with students as young as 12 years old.

Teens can't legally take out loans, buy homes, or drink alcohol, but bypassing constructive post-graduate opportunities to commit eight years of their lives to the U.S. military, a decision that could result in death or serious health issues, is advertised and encouraged. Interactions between school youth and the most powerful and well-financed institution in the world must be monitored, but TRC is one of the only organizations in the country actively addressing militarism in schools. Read our report or download a toolkit to affect change in your community below.