There was some discussion recently about whether or not military recruiters were allowed to contact NYC public school kids. I've copied a blurb (see below) from InsideSchools.org's web site which addresses this topic. In summary, recruiters are allowed to obtain personal contact info but students and parents may opt out of this. Procedures have been made easier to deny recruiters information.
hat tip; Debra, hawk
The New York City Department of Education just made it easier for students to say "No!" to military recruiters. The opt-out form, a critical paper that stops recruiters from obtaining students’ personal information, will be handed out in the classroom during the first week of school, and a student’s signature alone will suffice to keep recruiters at bay, according to the DOE. In prior years, the form was sent home in a stack of back-to-school papers, and required a parent’s signature. The form is also available on the Department of Education website.
Military recruiters have the right to request student names, telephone numbers, and addresses for recruitment purposes under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. However, parents and students can block that process if they state in writing that they want their information to remain private. Parents will still receive an opt-out form and may override their child’s decision until the student is 18 years old.
“If that form is distributed and collected in class it addresses many objections we’ve said regarding forms being sent home,” said Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).[But of course - Atlas] “That’s an important improvement in the process.” [important improvement in what process? Undermining the security of this country?- Atlas]
Previous problems included lost forms, insufficient time, and confusion on how and where to return the form. Opt-out forms must be returned to the student’s guidance counselor by Oct. 14 to ensure their request will be processed before Nov. 1, when military recruiters may ask schools for lists of students who have not opted-out. Students may change their decision anytime during their high school years.
Now I ask you,what better vocation for any young American could there be than defending our extraordinary freedom and way of life? Freedom ain't free and it kills me that Military Recruiters are not welcomed and respected at our nations schools and college campuses.
Peace through Strength Baby.