Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
The Pentagon mines the personal data of our youth in their high schools.
Iraq Veterans Against the War
We work to build a service-member and veteran led movement that ends militarism by transforming ourselves, military culture and American society.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered at over 3200 high schools nationwide
The Gun Problem No One Talks About: Shooting Ranges in Schools JROTC
Think about it: a child can be disciplined for bringing a squirt gun to class, but school officials and the Pentagon get a pass when they train students to use rifles with shooting ranges inside our schools.


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What is Moral Injury
Moral injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress their own moral and ethical values or codes of conduct.
Cessation of Military Recruiting in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
Younger soldiers had 30%–60% more substance abuse disorders, and younger women in particular had the highest incidence of attempted suicide or self-inflicted injuries.
Truth In Recruiting
Truth in Recruiting is the foundational principle that directs the work of multiple Counter-recruitment groups inside the United States of America and territories.
Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO)
Project YANO is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1984, that provides a counter-balance to the marketing of militarism.
The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth NNOMY at the 2017 VFP Education Not Militarization Convention in Chicago
Is the only national network that educates about the influence of militarism upon our youth and assists organizations struggling against this trend.


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Military Families Speak Out
is an organization of military families across the US and around the world who are opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Like traffic cops, recruiters work on a monthly quota system, and the pressure to produce is intense.
Veterans For Peace International
Exposing the True Costs of War and Militarism Since 1985.


Militarization of our Schools

The Pentagon is taking over our poorer public schools.
This is the new reality for our disadvantaged youth.



What we can do

Corporate/conservative alliances threaten Democracy  .
Progressives have an important role to play.


Why does NNOMY matter?

Most are blind or indifferent to the problem.
A few strive to protect our democracy.


Before You Enlist (2016)

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. Produced  by Telequest, Inc with support from  American Friends Service Committee.



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Demilitarize Our SchoolsWhen the military comes to your local high school, you have a legal right to give students an opposing view.

This has been the position taken by federal district courts in Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois and two federal appellate courts. The most broadly-worded decision came from a case that COMD took to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the 1980s. Here is the background:

Until 1986, COMD was named the San Diego Committee Against Registration and the Draft (CARD). In 1983, CARD attempted to place anti-draft registration ads in numerous high school newspapers around San Diego County. Student journalists at most of the schools published the ads, but administrators in the Grossmont Union H.S. District banned the ads from all of its student newspapers. San Diego CARD felt it was the students’ right to decide the issue, but since they weren’t going to be given that right, we filed a lawsuit against the Grossmont district in federal district court, citing violations of our First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. We requested a preliminary injunction from the court to suspend the ad ban while we waited to see if a trial would be necessary. The district court judge in San Diego refused to issue the preliminary injunction and we appealed his decision.

On June 6, 1986, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling stating that there was a substantial likelihood that San Diego CARD would have prevailed on the merits of its claim, and therefore the district court judge should have issued a preliminary injunction against Grossmont.

After the Ninth Circuit issued its decision, the U.S. military attempted to convince the appellate court to rehear the case and accept the Pentagon as a co-defendant alongside the school district. The military’s goal was to ensure San Diego CARD’s defeat by applying the vast legal resources of the U.S. government. If this strategy succeeded, any decision unfavorable to the military could then be appealed to the conservative justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fortunately, the military’s motion to intervene in the case was turned down by the Ninth Circuit and the rehearing was denied. This left intact a major legal precedent that can be used by counter-militarism activists to demand the same opportunity to address students in public schools that is granted to recruiters and the Selective Service System.

Basically, the Ninth Circuit stated that the question of military service (whether voluntary or compulsory) is a controversial political issue, and if a school establishes a forum for one side to present its views on the issue, it must give opponents equal access to the forum (download the text of the ruling here in PDF file format).

While the ruling has a direct legal effect in only the nine Western states within the boundaries of the Ninth Circuit, it can be used in other regions to help persuade noncooperative school districts to grant equal access to counter-recruitment activists. There have been other similar, though less encompassing, rulings in the Eleventh Circuit (Southeast U.S.) and in several cases decided at the federal district court level in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Florida. In some situations, citing these other cases can also help (contact COMD for details).

Some examples of what counter-recruitment activists have been able to do in schools as a result of these court cases include:

  • placing literature displays in career and counseling centers
  • setting up displays at career and college fairs
  • placing posters and literature on bulletin boards
  • having speakers and printed materials in classrooms
  • running ads in student newspapers

There have also been successful efforts to counter the military’s access to student directory information (phone numbers and addresses).

A cautionary note: Pursuing new lawsuits over school access today would not be a simple matter. Litigation consumes time and resources that must be diverted from organizing, and there is a high risk that a bad precedent could result. We recommend that counter-recruitment activists use the existing positive precedents whenever they would be helpful and consult with COMD if there any access problems; however, it's more effective to carefully choose initial approaches to reaching and educating students that minimize confrontation with school officials. One very useful resource for learning about such approaches is the 48-page report, "Using Equal Access to Counter Militarism in High Schools," produced by the Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO). Download it here from or order a hard copy by sending $6.50 to Project YANO, P.O. Box 230157, Encinitas, CA 92023. A complete list of Project YANO educational/organizing resources is also on the Web site.

See more equal access documents here.



When the military comes to your local high school, you have a legal right to give students an opposing view.

This has been the position taken by federal district courts in Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois and two federal appellate courts. The most broadly-worded decision came from a case that COMD took to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the 1980s. Here is the background:

NNOMY Reader

 Learning the Issues about Youth Demilitarization

NNOMY ReaderThe NNOMY Reader is a useful primer to learn about the realities of military recruitment, the militarism effecting our youth in schools and our opportunities for peaceful coexistance. This collection of articles represents a historical overview of the U.S. based counter-recruitment movement's strategies to inform and intervene in schools and the community about the Pentagon's multi-billion dollar programs to recruit America's youth into escalating wars. The NNOMY Reader also includes some information on alternatives to enlistment, as well as research presented by activists and investigators on the nature and risks of cultural militarization and how it  threatens our democracy. Learn more

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The 2016 Back-To-School kit for Counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization Organizing is a catalog of basic material useful to educating young people and school personnel about the realities of military enlistment and war. The catalog also includes some information on alternatives to enlistment, as well as items written for organizers seeking to reach out to local schools.


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