The Army wants to start recruiting kids at 12 years old and up.
It has been a while since I could get to the school to be the self appointed recruiter monitor.
I went yesterday to see the Army recruiter. They were a no-show.
So I sat on the bench in the office and that just reminded the teachers and staff who remember me, that I am still around.
It was not easy for me to go there. It had been so long since I had been there that I felt a bit nervous. I got over that quickly and now looking forward to hanging with the Navy recruiter who will be there next week.
I 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.
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 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).
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.
Time 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.
OPT OUT FORM
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.
Always good to have a list of what to read
during the summer!
This is a good website to get you started.
A 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.
Being in the military does.