Local and State Legislation to Resist the Improper and Abusive Military Recruitment of Minors

Below is a list of recent local and state legislation that communities have passed to resist the improper and abusive recruitment of minors in their cities and school districts.  Learn more about the Child Soldier Protocol and how it applies to the U.S. military's recruitment tactics.

If you or your community has recently passed local legislation that is not on this list, please let us know by sending an email to counter_recruitment(at)wilpf.org or egahng(at)wilpf.org.

 

 STATE LEGISLATION


Student and Family Privacy Protection Act of 2008, AB2994 - California

Standardizes the process for informing parent/guardians and students of their right to opt-out of their release of information to military recruiters; and stops uninformed release of student information via the ASVAB. Act to amend Section 49073.5 of the Education Code.

Key provisions:

  • Requires school districts to provide a notice in the emergency information request that informs parent/guardians and the student of their right to request that student information not be released to military recruiters.
  • Requires the notice to be provided in English and all other languages in which the district makes the emergency information request.
  • Authorizes the administration of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) only if student information gained during testing is not used for recruiting purposes.

Status: Passed through state assembly on May 27, 2008; passed though state senate on August, 5 2008; vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Senate Bill 428 - Maryland
Requires public schools to provide notice to parents/guardians and students about the right not to release student contact information to military recruiters
Key Provisions:

  • Requires the notice to be in a specified format, size and type on the student's emergency contact information card.
  • Requires notice to include a request that parent/guardian or the student indicate if student's contact information is not to be released by checking either boxes titled "Release Contact Information" or "Do Not Release Contact Information."

Status: Approved by Governor on April 24, 2008.

CITY MEASURES


Youth Protection Act - Arcata, CA and Eureka, CA

Prohibits military recruiters to initiate contact with minors within city limits, for the purpose of recruiting them into the military.  The Act does not prevent anyone from choosing to talk with a recruiter if they want to do so.

Status: Passed in Arcata as a ballot Measure F on November 4, 2008 with 73% of the voters in support.  Passed in Eureka as ballot Measure J on November 4, 2008 with 56% of the voters in support. 

SCHOOL DISTRICT MEASURES


Kingston Board of Education Resolution - Kingston, NY
Limit military recruiters' access to Kingston High School to the school's annual College Night and to visits arranged in advance through the guidance office.

Notes:

  • Prior to the resolution, military recruiters were allowed to set up a table in the high school cafeteria on any school day.
  • Trustee Christopher Farrell said that he would prefer colleges are the first parties to reach out to district students. He expressed concerns about military recruiters using deceptive tactics and recruiting from vulnerable populations.
  • Trustee Maureen Bowers said that she supported the resolution because she went to the high school to observe recruiters and "objected to their methodology."

Status: Adopted on October 22, 2008.

San Rafael City School District Equal Access Protocol for Recruiters - Marin County, CA
Grants equal access to high school students and their directory information to college, post-secondary educational institutions, military recruiters, prospective employers and other providers of career information.
Key Provisions:

  • Recruiters may provide career information at schools, school-sponsored events and district-wide events only when authorized by submitting a written application form to provide career information to the school principal.
  • Any request for a recruiting visit must be submitted more than 72 hours prior to the date they wish to visit.
  • Recruiting is not permitted at any non-recruiting events such as assemblies, rallies, awards ceremonies and athletic contests, and may only occur in designated locations and at designated times.
  • If the principal has granted permission to a Recruiter to post Career Information on the school's Career Information Site, the principal must grant equal access to any other recruiter who so requests.
  • Establishes a Recruiter Conduct Guide for all recruiters to adhere to.

Status: Adopted in November, 2008

Chicago Board of Education - Chicago, IL
Limits military recruiter access with the consent of students and principal's approval.
Key Provisions:

  • Juniors and seniors have until December 1 of each year to restrict military officials from being able to obtain private information about them.
  • Recruiters may not visit without prior authorization from school officials. They also must give two days notice before visiting a school.
  • Principals can bar recruiters after repeated infractions.

Status: Adopted on January 24, 2008

 

MORE RESOURCES:

Read WILPF's fact sheet on the Child Soldier Protocol or download it in PDF format

Download collected reports of improper and abusive military recruitment of minors (pdf)

 

 

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