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What Selective Service didn't tell you, and you forgot to ask

Frequently Asked Questions
for Parents

  • 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 this access. 

  • 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?

Published by  Citizens for Selective Service Education  - Updated June 15, 2005