- My son or daughter is or will
soon be a high school senior. Can I stop military recruiters from
sending him or her recruitment mail?
- Absolutely! The No Child
Left Behind Act obliges schools to provide contact information on children
in the school to military recruiters, or risk losing Federal funding.
However, schools are also required to advise parents that they can direct
the school to exclude their child(ren)'s information. It's called
opting out. Check with the school adminstration to find out how this is done
in your district.
- If I opt out for my child,
will he or she still receive information from colleges?
- There is no reason why (s)he shouldn't. However
it may be wise to let the school office know that you are opting out only
for military recruitment literature.
- I understand that
military recruiters are very frequently present in schools these days. Do
they have unlimited access?
- Again, the No Child Left Behind Act obliges schools
to allow military recruiters the same access that they provide to colleges
and other career counselors. However this should be limited to particular
times and places in the school environment. If recruiters seem to be
all over your child's school, for example in the lunchroom and other places
where students gather, you can object and ask the administration to limit
- Is there any way I can
prevent military recruiters from approaching my son or daughter at school?
- The best way to do that is simply to encourage your
child to tell recruiters (s)he is not interested. Most likely that
is all it will take. However, if a recruiter is aggressive or annoying,
you and your child should report that to school authorities.
- Where can I get more detailed
information about all of this, including how to alert other parents to what
is going on in our schools?