Tuesday, September 13, 2005

On the second day of opt out a recruiter said to me.....
this free test will help you decide what job would be good for you

The 12 Days of Opt Out
September 12-24, 2005

Check out this blogsite as it changes each day during Sept. 12-24 to educate and highlight the various ways schools are militarized.

The ASVAB test is given to students in schools across the country. The name sounds like other required educational tests - but there is a big difference. ASVAB stands for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery- the admissions and placement test used by the military. The ASVAB is required for all persons enlisting in the military- but it is not required for students. So why are schools giving this test to their students?

Students and parents are not always told that ASVAB is a military test, or that military recruiters may recieve the results and use the information to pressure students to enlist. Students and parents are also not always informed that the ASVAB is not a required or mandatory test. Students do not have to take this test- but they may have to push their school officials to be allowed to opt out of this test.

What Students and Educators Should Know about Military Testing in our High Schools http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/militarism-in-schools/ASVAB.htm

"Two Important Items for Families with High School Students" (Opt-out and ASVAB) in English and Spanish

•10 Ways to Protect Your Child From the ASVAB

•LEPOCO Peace Center, Bethlehem, PA

Twelve Days of Opt Out

1. Opting Out -
Protect student privacy-
get off miltary recruiter telemarketer lists
See 9/12/2005

2. ASVAB tests-
If you aren't signing up, why take this?
A test to decide what assignment the military should give you
disguised as an academic test.

3. Limiting recruiter access on campus-

Until we can get them out of our schools, we can at least limit where and when recruiters prey on students.

4. Pentagon database-student privacy protection
It's illegal for the government to compile a database on citizens- so why is the Pentagon getting away with compiling a student database?

5. Reality of funds for college
Recruiters salespitches promise a lot- but do they deliver?
Includes information on other ways to get money for college
and job training resources.

What are the effects of these programs on schools and college campuses? How to block new programs or end existing
JROTC and ROTC programs.

7. DEP- Delayed Entry Program
If you already signed up for the DEP- you can get out - here's how.

8. No guarantees in the military enlistment agreement
Read the fine print- you could be kept in for longer than you thought- ...Is this legal? Signing bonuses, other promises in military enlistment agreement- Information from the Department of Defense and Veteran's Administration on the realities of enlistment

9. Conscientious Objection- If you don't think you can kill someone or participate in war- you may be a conscientious objector or "CO". Find out how to begin your documentation now in case there is a draft in the future

10.Poverty Draft-Who signs up?
Poor people with no other options! Find out about career alternatives to military enlistment and how military jobs don't always translate to civilian jobs.

11. Veterans Issues-
The military may take care of their own- but they forget about the veterans... veteran hospital closures, medical care reductions, PTSD

12. Joining the Military can be hazardous to .....
Mental and Physical Health Risks from exposure to depleted uranuim weapons, toxic materials, dangerous vaccines

And on the 12th day of Opt Out... I joined with others across the world to demand an end to war

Join UFPJ in Washington, DC or
Get out in the streets of your town on Sept. 24
and make your voice heard-
End the war in Iraq,
Take care of folks in our communities,
Get recruiters out of our schools, and
Bring the troops home NOW!


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