Counter recruiting and Conscientious Objector information, news, and discussion posted by the founder of the Teen Peace Project, former chairperson of the National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth, and former member of the United for Peace & Justice national steering committee.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Welcome to the Teen Peace Project blog. You'll find information about counter recruiting, conscientious objection, working for positive social change and ending the war.

12 Days of Opt Out
September 12-24, 2005

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12 Days of Opt Out

1. Opting Out-
Protect student privacy- get off miltary recruiter telemarketer lists

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?

9. Signing bonuses, other promises in military enlistment agreement-
Information from the Department of Defense and Veteran's Administration on the realities of enlistment

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

We were proud to attend the Fall Mobilization in Washington DC. Teen Peace helped in the counter recruiting tent and met wonderful activists from across the country who are working to demilitarize schools. Power to the peaceful!


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