Leave My Child Alone!

How to safeguard teenagers from aggressive military recruitment
Marca Bradt Utne.com
June 2, 2005
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

There's been a drop-off in the number of inductees enlisting in the Army, and military recruiters are now resorting to illegitimate tactics to make their monthly two-recruit minimum. Since high school students are a prime demographic, recruiters are pulling out all the stops to reach them before they graduate; sometimes contacting them as early as age 14, getting them to lie to their parents, teaching them to ace a drug test, even threatening them with time behind bars. The scandal's gone so far, CBS News reports, that the Army instituted a one-day suspension on recruitment last month just to regroup.

While investigations are under way into the accumulating allegations of foul play, the military has a powerful weapon on its side: No Child Left Behind. As a bonus to the act, recruiters have access to students' phone numbers and home addresses, making it easier for an aggressive recruiter to harass a teen into enlistment. Schools that don't comply risk losing federal funding.

Project members at Leave My Child Alone! have banded together to keep this contact information private. Their website automatically tracks down your district superintendent and generates an 'Opt Out' letter. You also can sign their online petition or send emails to friends and family about how they can shield their children's privacy. Sojourners is also circulating the petition.

Go there >>Leave My Child Alone!

Related Links:

Related Links from the Utne Archive:

Comments? Story tips? Write a letter to the editor

Like this? Want more?Subscribe to Utne magazine








Post a comment below.

 








Pay Now & Save $5!
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $31.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $36 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!