<![CDATA[StopRecruitingKids.com - Blog]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:48:02 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[No child is still left un-recruited ]]>Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:40:19 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/no-child-is-still-left-un-recruitedI had hoped that the new "Every Child Succeeds Act" signed into law would have provisions to keep military recruiters out of schools.    No such luck.

College recruiters cannot hold to you a binding contract.

Vocational schools cannot hold you to a binding contract.

Military recruiters can have access to your child and use their sales skills to get a child to accept a binding contract.   

I find this shameful.

Military recruiters have quotas to fill and will use dubious techniques to keep their jobs.    I have seen this in person.  Over and over.

Here is the "new" legal language from the bill signed today by the President about what a parent must do to keep a school district from automatically handing over contact information and more upon request by recruiters.  

Other Provisions
6541.Armed forces recruiter access to students and student recruiting information
(1)Access to student recruiting information
Notwithstanding section 444(a)(5)(B) of the General Education Provisions Act, each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, upon a request made by a military recruiter or an institution of higher education, access to the name, address, and telephone listing of each secondary school student served by the local educational agency, unless the parent of such student has submitted the prior consent request under paragraph (2).

(A)Opt-out process
A parent of a secondary school student may submit a written request, to the local educational agency, that the student’s name, address, and telephone listing not be released for purposes of paragraph (1) without prior written consent of the parent. Upon receiving such request, the local educational agency may not release the student’s name, address, and telephone listing for such purposes without the prior written consent of the parent.

(B)Notification of opt-out process
Each local educational agency shall notify the parents of the students served by the agency of the option to make a request described in subparagraph (A).

(3)Same access to students
Each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as is provided generally to institutions of higher education or to prospective employers of those students.

(4)Rule of construction prohibiting opt-in processes
Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to allow a local educational agency to withhold access to a student’s name, address, and telephone listing from a military recruiter or institution of higher education by implementing an opt-in process or any other process other than the written consent request process under paragraph (2)(A).

(5)Parental consent
For purposes of this subsection, whenever a student has attained 18 years of age, the permission or consent required of and the rights accorded to the parents of the student shall only be required of and accorded to the student.

The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall, not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of the Student Success Act, notify school leaders, school administrators, and other educators about the requirements of this section.

The requirements of this section do not apply to a private secondary school that maintains a religious objection to service in the Armed Forces if the objection is verifiable through the corporate or other organizational documents or materials of that school.
<![CDATA[School Starts Soon!  ]]>Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:27:49 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/school-starts-soonTime to keep in mind that if your student is in a secondary school this year, you will need to fill out an opt-out form for  your school.

The school should provide one, but just in case, here is a great example to use.


Secondary schools are most often high schools, but smaller districts may house 7th grade and up in the same building.

Oftentimes, the opt-out form may be in a huge pile of papers to sign, so be on the lookout for it.]]>
<![CDATA[Summertime Reading]]>Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:29:18 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/summertime-readingAlways good to have a list of what to read 
during the summer!
This is a good website to get you started.

<![CDATA[Statistics.]]>Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:20:18 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/statisticsA friend just posted a link to this on Facebook.
It is a very graphic and moving depiction of  people who have been in the military and how sadly broken they are by their experiences.
Here is a link to the Buzzfeed story.]]>
<![CDATA[War does not kill]]>Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:35:10 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/war-does-not-killBeing in the military does.
This article with a link to a Pentagon report states that there are more suicide deaths than any other cause for people in the military.
What can that possibly mean?]]>
<![CDATA[Used Car Salesman]]>Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:46:29 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/used-car-salesmanWhat parent would send their 16 or 17 year old to go to the car dealership and negotiate a "deal" on 
a new vehicle?

Likely, no parent would do that.


Because adults realize that car salespeople have some 

techniques and tricks
 they use to sell cars.

Here is an article from an Army Recruiting online magazine.

They are touting that the recruiter is using his car sales "techniques" from his previous job, selling cars, and applying them in his current job 
as a military recruiter.

Why do we let these salespeople have unfettered and unsupervised 
access to our children?

<![CDATA[A New School Year]]>Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:55:34 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/a-new-school-yearOctober 14th, the Army was scheduled to be at the school during lunchtime.
I went.
They were a no-show.

October 28th, the Marines were scheduled to recruit during 
the lunch hour.
I went.
They showed up.

The Marine recruiter posted on Facebook that he showed up.

SSgt Page
October 28 at 12:06pm · 
The Marines Have Landed

 — at Gaston School District.

It was the same recruiter from last year who tried to accuse me of being libelous here on my website.

He pretended that he did not see me.

 I mean, there we were in the same small classroom.  Hard to not notice any other human beings in the same room.

That was weird.

Rude, I would say.

So, I had to speak up and ask him how he was today.

He was fine.

Back to ignoring me.

Your choice, dude.

Today, November 4th, the Air Force was scheduled to recruit during 
the lunch hour.

I went.

They were a no-show.

I don't mind taking my time to show up each time a recruiter is scheduled.

Happy to do so.
<![CDATA[This did not post in Jan 2012 - so a look back!]]>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:25 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/this-did-not-post-in-jan-2012-so-a-look-back(I Just discovered this unpublished post from January of 2012 and decided to post it.   It has been a journey!)

OK. I'm back from my visit to the school. Not a pleasant visit with the principal. 
He asked why I am there.

I told him once again that I am there to make sure what the recruiters tell kids is truthful.

 He says that the recruiters only tell kids to stay in school and get good grades. 

I asked if he sat in the room with them to hear them say that and he said, no, that is what the recruiters tell HIM they say.
 I said well, then he is a more trusting person than me. 

He asked if I had heard them say otherwise and I responded that when I am in the room listening to them that my presence pretty much guarantees that they are going to NOT say anything misleading to the children.
 I honestly cannot tell if he believes what he says or if he is playing me. 

He received an email from someone who wanted to write a letter to the editor of the local paper and they wanted to know how many kids join the military from that school.   I asked them that LAST year and they said they don't keep track.  
Apparently they do, as the principal showed me some figures that they emailed in response to that inquiry.   The numbers that he showed me were very small.   He said that these numbers reflect what they hear about kids who have left the school.  I think the legal word for that is hearsay and that it is my exact idea of how a school would account for it's graduates.

He said by law, that the recruiters can be at the school.   I agreed that it was legal, but the school district could limit how OFTEN the recruiters are there.   He did not understand.  I told him the school district sets the policy as to how often a recruiter can be on campus,  and he did not appear to comprehend that.  So it appears that their non-policy about this is to have recruiters come to the school as often as the recruiter wishes.   
I said a job fair once a year that included military recruiters would satisfy the law and they would get their federal monies.
He said that he would not want to restrict colleges to coming out once a year if there was a job fair.
Colleges don't talk to the 7-10th graders.   Geez.

While in the room with Anthony the recruiter, a 10th grader came in to ask the recruiter if he had ever shot a gun.   Anthony replied yes, but only at practice targets.
Then the kid asked "What about that lady with the sign about 12 year olds that is out on the sidewalk in the morning?"
Anthony pointed to me.
I told the kid that the school had a policy last year that the 7th and 8th graders could not speak to the recruiters and that the policy had changed back.   The kid said that was just wrong for a recruiter to talk to the little kids cause they don't know what they want and they are under their parent's control until they are 18.  
The kid asked Anthony if he was a recruiter and Anthony hedged that question by saying he was like a "guide."   Hmmm.
Makes me wonder what was up with that.

The Navy recruiter was leaving the principal's office when I arrived and when I went to the classroom to sit with the recruiter - I could see that our relationship had changed since last time we met. I think that someone spoke to him about me. 
More later.

<![CDATA[Recruiters Lie.    Go figure...]]>Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:39:52 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/recruiters-lie-go-figureLong article from the Air Force Times.
This main point is that the recruiters are pressured to get people under contract.

They get paid extra pay for recruiting.

They have "quotas" that are tough to meet.

   They are told how to lie and cheat from fellow armed services comrades.

Go figure.

Read the comments section after the article.  
That was interesting too.

Keep in mind that most of the people being recruited are young and have not yet developed the adult brain power that allows for the relationship between action and consequences.  

Like signing an binding contract, and understanding what you may
 be required to do.

You may be asked to lie and cheat to appease your higher-ups.

It seems like a lousy situation for everyone and one person said they preferred military duty in Iraq to being assigned to be a recruiter.   

That is a lose-lose situation for sure.

<![CDATA[Another School Year]]>Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:08:21 GMThttp://www.stoprecruitingkids.com/blog/another-school-yearJust a reminder, that if you do NOT want the military ( or colleges) to have free access to your student's contact information, that NOW is the time to fill out a "Do Not Contact" form for any student you have in secondary school.

Secondary school is usually high school - but some, like the one my kid goes to, is a JR/SR school all in one building.

You only have a month or so to fill out the form. 

There is an arbitrary date in October at most schools that you need to turn in the "OPT-OUT" form.
Check with your school for their policy.

  If you do NOT fill out the form, then the school is required by law to hand over your private contact info to military recruiters if they ask for it.

Here is a link to a page with a sample opt-out form, just in case your school has not provided one for you.
Here is the OPT-OUT form.