2020 has been a year unlike any other. Almost every aspect of our lives — personal health, school, work, travel — has been altered. We have all had to make sacrifices and learn to move forward in face of the unknown. 

That is why we are so grateful for your continued support of Truth in Recruitment. This year, military recruiters found ways to adapt to school closures, shifting their focus to virtual recruitment and unregulated communication with students via social media. Because of your support, Truth in Recruitment was able to adapt as well. While progress has been made, there is more work to be done. 

Please use this link to make a tax-deductible donation and support our outreach to students, families and schools.


Through the work of Truth in Recruitment, I was made aware that military recruiters typically visited my high school 70-80 days over the school year. School administration needs a policy to regulate military recruitment and provide equal access to other postsecondary educational recruiters as well.

–Angel, Pioneer Valley High School alum

Our Mission

Truth in Recruitment (TIR) is a project under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Our mission is to work with students, families, teachers, veterans, community organizations, and school districts to clarify the consequences of military careers, to provide alternative options so that students can make educated choices about their future, to inform families of their children’s privacy rights, and to advocate for policies regulating recruiter presence on campuses.

Truth in Recruitment (TIR) ​​es un proyecto de Santa Barbara Foundation, una organización sin fines de lucro 501 (c) 3. Nuestro objetivo es trabajar con estudiantes, familias, maestros, veteranos, organizaciones comunitarias y distritos escolares aclarar las consecuencias de las militares carreras, para proporcionar alternativas para que los estudiantes puedan tomar decisiones educadas sobre su futuro, para informar a las familias de los derechos de privacidad de sus hijos, y para abogar por las políticas que regulan la presencia del reclutador en los campus.

Truth in Recruitment Still a Resource for the Community

As we shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Truth in Recruitment team and Steering Committee wish you good spirits and health. With school closures and other public gatherings on hold, our outreach to the community has had to change.

Amidst these challenges, we face a new urgency to provide resources for non-military paths to service and jobs. At an April Zoom presentation to Youth Making Change, some students voiced how they had considered military enlistment, but their minds changed after reading Truth in Recruitment’s literature at the 2020 Women’s March. Now more than ever, we need your support as we continue to provide balanced information to students and families.