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Nov 15, 2005
The face behind this cake has just turned 17, a recruiter already had her home telephone number.

          The school is supposed to notify you that military recruiters will possibly contact your child. I don’t remember seeing this from my daughter high school, but it is possible that it was stated in some of the newsletters that are sent out.
          If you don’t want your child recruited shortly after his or her 17th birthday, you must notify the school in writing that you do not want any branch of the military to contact your son or daughter. If you do not do this, the military will pitch a sales talk to your child.
              If your child is having a hard time with school, your child is some type of a special needs child or your family is socially or economically disadvantaged, think twice before you encourage your son or daughter to join.

              Is the driving force for him or her to join are the college benefits, the money, adventure or travel?

            If you don’t want your child recruited here is what you do:

            1.Write a short note to your child’s principal. State that you do not want your child’s personal information to be given out to the armed forces. You wishes must be respected. This is under law under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERT)

2.      Hopefully by this time you have spoken to your child about your feelings of war, his or her future and how the military does or does not fit with your family’s religious values. If you have never spoken to your child about this subject, today would be a good time to have that talk.

 
For more information contact Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors

405 14th St. #205, Oakland, Ca 94612

            Or

1515 Cherry St. Philadelphia, PA19102

Phone (215) 241-7176   website www.objector.org

            For information for young people looking to the military as a way for a brighter future, but not sure about the military Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO) can help with options. Contact Project YANO, PO Box 230157, Encinitas, CA 92023 Phone (760- 634-3604) ; www.projectyano.org

 
 
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