No Student Left Unrecruited

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Military Recruitment and Students’ Rights

The United States Military has launched an aggressive campaign to recruit high school students to fill the ranks of the armed services.

Lawmakers have made this possible: Congress passed two laws that gave recruiters information about young people and to allow recruiters to go into the schools so they can try to convince high school students to enter the military. These laws were contained in the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) of 2001 and the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002” (NDAA).

 Since those laws have gone into effect, many educators, students and parents have complained that recruiters in schools are using heavy-handed tactics to harass students, violate students’ privacy rights, and target poor students and students of color.

This FAQ seeks to help students, parents, educators, and advocates understand their rights when it comes to military recruitment. Sections in bold are also included on our “No Student Left Uncrecruited?” card; sections not in bold include more expanded legal information.

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