Spring Update

Dear Friends,

Last week was a busy one for Truth in Recruitment! Following two consecutive days of site visits with funders, we tabled at a North County Job and Resource Fair as well as the Santa Barbara High School career fair. From meeting with our founding members to tabling with first-time volunteers, it was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how our community continues to grow.

On Thursday, I (Aryeh) drove up to table at the Job and Resource Fair with one of our North County volunteers, Janet. As I pulled up to the event, the first person I saw was a Navy recruiter in full uniform – a concerning, yet unsurprising welcome to the event. As if to reaffirm the importance of our presence, our table was directly facing the Army’s, and not far from both the Navy’s and Marines’. Despite the military’s strength in numbers, our colorful display and peace-oriented activities drew more interest, and a more diverse and engaged group of visitors throughout the day. From high school and university students, to parents of young children and Vietnam veterans, our visitors were consistently intrigued by, grateful for, and enthusiastic to support our work.

We were also approached by curious military recruiters who were, of course, not accustomed to seeing their work directly challenged in the job fair environment. My conversation with one recruiter who came over turned out to be a fascinating and surprising moment in the afternoon. While we clearly had conflicting reasons for being at the job fair, he spoke of his mixed feelings about recruiting and said – as a father of two – that he appreciated our effort to give parents more visibility and control over recruiters’ access to their children, and to hold recruiters accountable for making clear the risks and consequences of enlistment. He also acknowledged the value in providing alternative perspectives, and listening and learning from others. While we can’t rely on all recruiters to have the same response, it was an encouraging reminder that our message is a universal appeal for humanity and truth that is always worth sharing – even with those who we least expect to listen.


Paid Internship (Apply Now!)

                  Community Organizer Paid Internship

An ideal internship opportunity for someone with a passion for social justice, peace, and youth advocacy, seeking experience in communications/social media and community organizing.

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.

Interns will work with a coordinator and with student and community volunteers to:

• Assist in the establishment of a network and develop local commitment and support through outreach to community and youth groups such as: PTAs & parents organizations; community
centers; high-school and college student clubs; religious organizations; and veterans associations.

• Assemble and distribute organizing materials and sample policies.
• Help maintain our website and social media accounts.

• Develop a working list of agencies, media, and other resources to be contacted with information about regulating recruiters in schools.

• Research existing recruiter school policies and protocols in Santa Barbara County School Districts.

• Set up appointments and meet with school staff and administrators.

 ***Bilingual and bicultural applicants preferred***

Salary: $15/hour @ 4-6 hours/week for 6 months, to be paid twice a month.

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to Kate Connell, kate@kateconnell.com

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Watch Video “Before You Enlist” 2018 version

Before You Enlist 2018

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military’s marketing efforts.

The real deal on joining the military, as told by veterans … and what the military recruiters won’t tell you.

OBJECTIVE: “Before You Enlist!” provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. The message is not “don’t enlist” but rather to provide young people and their families a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military – especially in wartime. Latest version: 2018. Length: 16:34.

APPROACH: The content of the program is carried by interviews with combat veterans and family members of military personnel killed, wounded or still on duty. Straight talk from soldiers, an ex-recruiter, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the glamorous and exciting pictures presented by military recruiters and their marketing efforts. Strong visuals provide a vivid picture of the human costs of war and the realities of enlisted life and beyond.

AUDIENCE AND PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION: The primary audience is high school students and their families. The program is available for free Internet viewing and for airing on broadcast and cable outlets. The program may also be distributed via high school guidance counselors and by various groups seeking to provide alternative information at schools, shopping malls and wherever the military is actively recruiting teenagers.

You may download a copy to view and present to audiences where no internet connection is available. But we ask that you NOT upload it to other websites (we update the program periodically and want to make sure audiences always get the latest and best information). English download available HERE; Spanish download coming soon.

The American Friends Service Committee, National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), About Face: Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out, the Coalition for Peace Action and other groups worked with the producers to develop the program.