Truth in Recruitment at the 2017 Veterans for Peace National Convention Education Not Militarization, Friday, August 11, 2017.

The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)  presented the Mini Plenary Education Not Militarization: The Nuts and Bolts of Pursuing Policy Changes to Counter Recruitment and Demilitarize Schools. Truth in Recruitment’s coordinator, Kate Connell, was a panelist in this workshop, along with Rick Jahnkow of Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities, San Diego and Jesus Palafox of the American Friends Service Committee, Chicago.

A second workshop, Education Not Militarization: Educating Students and Countering Military Recruitment Inside the Schools, was also facilitated by NNOMY, including  presenters Pat Alviso from Military Families Speak Out, Libby Frank of the Northwest Suburban Peace and Education Project, and Michelle Cohen of Project Great Futures.  Find out more at

Truth in Recruitment is a non-profit, student advocacy group based in Santa Barbara, California.  We are students, families, veterans, youth groups, teachers, social justice activists and members of faith communities. Our goal is to help students ask the right questions about the stakes of a military career, provide non-military options for academic and professional success, inform parents of their privacy rights, and to implement school policies limiting recruiter presence on campuses.

We began in 2011 when Santa Barbara High School students spoke out against the prevalence of recruiters as guest speakers in classes and their casual presence on campus. In 2014, as a culmination of our two-year campaign, the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board passed a district policy limiting recruiter presence on school campus and the direct solicitation of students’ contact information. Our work continues countywide – monitoring recruiter presence on campuses; tabling with alternative information to military careers; and lobbying for comprehensive school recruiter policies.

If you are a student or family member, please take a look at our page Life After High School for information on ways to make a difference in your community and set yourself up for an enriching career. Also, take a look at our many resources to learn about your family’s privacy rights, and how to opt out of having your child’s information released to recruiters.

You can join our movement by sharing our message and resources with your community, volunteering for community service, joining our mailing list, or making a tax-deductible donation here.

Schools are for the education of students!