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


Read more ...
The Gun Problem No One Talks About: Shooting Ranges in Schools The Gun Problem No One Talks About: Shooting Ranges in Schools
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.

Rick Jahnkow -


Read more ...
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 Recruiting Is PSY OPS at Home
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.

Pat Elder |  Counter-Recruit Press | July 2017


Read more ...
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.


Read more ...
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.




The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, (NNOMY) was founded in August 2004 by representatives of organizations attending a conference in Philadelphia titled, Stopping War Where It Begins: Organizing Against Militarism in Our Schools.


Section I - Name


The Name of the organization is the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, (NNOMY)


Section II - Statement of Purpose


NNOMY is created as a national networking body to unite national, regional and local organizations to oppose the growing intrusion of the military in young people's lives. NNOMY is network that seeks to bring to the forefront the importance and value of counter-recruitment organizing. It is not intended to function as an independent national organization, but rather as a coalition that strengthens the work of participating groups.


Section III - Function and Goals of NNOMY


A. The function of the network is:


1. To promote communication and the sharing of organizing skills and resources through regional and national meetings, conference calls, and other methods of communications;


2. To stimulate collaboration between network members on projects that would advance our collective goals (e.g., research, organizer trainings, and production of educational and public relations materials and organizing tools);


3. To facilitate nationally coordinated actions and campaigns;


4. To strengthen youth-led efforts on campuses and in communities; and


5. To educate the broader activist community and the general public on the need to become involved in these efforts.


B. The goals of NNOMY include:


1. Acknowledging, encouraging, and facilitating youth activism and leadership;


2. Encouraging and facilitating the formation and development of grassroots organizations and providing a directory of counter-recruitment organizations nationally.;


3. Addressing the impact of the military on low-income communities;


4. Working to address the targeting of communities of color for military recruitment; and documented and undocumented immigrants;


5. Raising awareness of the various forms of discrimination practiced by the military;


6. Developing and articulating strategies for demilitarizing schools;


7. Monitoring legislation and seeking to roll back laws that give the military special influence and power over civilian schools (i.e. the Solomon Amendments and Section 9528 of the No Child Left Behind Act, with regard to colleges and high schools, respectively);


8. Strengthening the leadership roles and organizing the capacity of

 communities that are especially affected by war and militarization;


9. Sharing information about alternative resources for college funding, job training, community service and travel opportunities; and


10. Providing an updated clearinghouse of information, resources and current research related to the militarization of youth.


Section IV - Structure of the National Network


A. General Membership in the Network falls into one of the following categories: Sponsoring Organizations or Caucuses


  1. Sponsoring Organizations


Sponsoring organizations are groups willing to participate in a

national organization that makes broad national network decisions.

Sponsoring organizations formally endorse the Network and may use and

help develop Network resource materials.


2. Caucuses.


Caucuses represent specific interests/areas of concern, which may be

represent traditionally disenfranchised groups. The minimum requirement

for the establishment of any caucus is three or more people. Caucus

members must be affiliated in some way with one of the sponsoring



3. The General Membership, through designated organizational

representatives, makes broad Network policy decisions and other

decisions not delegated to the Steering Committee (see Steering

Committee), including but not limited to major financial decisions and

structural changes; and, when necessary, will review Steering Committee

decisions accepting new sponsoring organizations and caucuses as



4. Decision making by the general membership will occur by polling sponsoring organizations and caucuses. Polling can occur at national membership meetings and remotely via email or phone. Decisions require a simple majority of the membership.


5. When a general membership poll is undertaken, three attempts will be made to contact all sponsoring organizations and caucuses to participate in the poll. If a response to the poll is not received by a specified deadline, it will be considered an abstention.


B. Other Levels of Network Affiliation


1. Endorsing Organizations Endorsing organizations are groups that may

use network resources, and help publicize network activities but choose not

to participate as a sponsoring organization. The names of endorsing

organizations will apear on NNOMY materials.


2. Individual Participation


Individuals may participate in NNOMY and are encouraged to use NNOMY as a forum for discussion. An individual who wishes to propose an action can post it on the NNOMY list serve for consideration by the member organizations. If an action requires a decision by the Steering Committee a request must be endorsed by an existing sponsorship organization or caucus, which may then officially submit the proposal to the Steering Committee.


C. The NNOMY Steering Committee


The Steering Committee is the decision-making body for NNOMY. Steering Committee members represent sponsoring organizations and include the permanent members below, plus additional slots for other membership organizations and identity caucuses if appropriate.


1. Steering Committee size and eligibility: There shall be 12 groups represented on Steering Committee. Eight shall be sponsoring organizations and up to four shall be selected from various identity caucuses.


2. Six Sponsoring organizations have permanent membership on the Steering Committee:


a. AFSC – National

b. Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools (CAMS)

c. Youth Activists; Youth Allies Network (YA-YA Net)

d. Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO)

e. Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD)

f. Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO)


3. Up to four members shall be chosen from identity caucuses (more can be added if deemed necessary by the current Steering Committee. Identity caucuses and sponsoring organizations shall have the same rights and responsibilities on the Steering Committee. The minimum requirement for the establishment of an identity caucus is three or more people. Examples of identity caucuses might be:


a. Women and the Military

b. Latino

c. People of Color

d. Youth of Color

e. Youth outreach

f. LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Queer)

g. Immigrants

h. Veterans/military families


4. Additional Steering Committee members may be added as NNOMY grows in order to ensure a broader, more diverse Steering Committee.


5. Steering Committee members serve for a two-year term and can be re-elected.


6. Steering Committee members shall be selected by sponsoring organizations and identity caucuses at national network meetings or by remote balloting by the network.


7. The Sponsoring organizations and caucuses elected to the Steering

Committee are responsible for selecting their representatives to the

Steering Committee. An organization or caucus that is not represented for

two consecutive Steering Committee meetings or conference calls will be

asked to select a new representative or may risk losing its committee



8. The Steering Committee can vote to remove or replace an organization or caucus that misses either three consecutive or more than half of the Steering Committee or conference calls in a twelve month period.


9. No more than two people from the same sponsoring organization can serve as representatives to the Steering Committee.


10. At least two members of the Steering Committee should be under the age of 25. NNOMY shall strive to achieve gender and racial equity for Steering Committee membership and urges member organizations to bear this in mind when selecting representatives to the Steering Committee.


11. No one may simultaneously represent a sponsoring organization and an identity caucus on the Steering Committee.


12. The Steering Committee will have co-facilitators to share work coordination.


13. New sponsoring organizations and caucuses may be added to the NNOMY General Membership by a majority vote of the Steering Committee.


14. The Steering Committee will make non-policy decisions between national meetings of the General Membership.


15. A Steering Committee quorum is one more than half the SC membership. A simple majority of the quorum is needed for SC decisions.


16. Sponsoring organizations and caucuses may review decisions made by the steering committee to permit an organization to become a member if an objection is raised that was not anticipated by the Steering Committee.


D. Finances


1. Financial contributions are not a prerequisite for participation by sponsoring organizations, caucuses, endorsing organizations, and individuals.


2. The suggested annual contribution is a minimum of $50 for local groups

and $100 for national groups.


3. All financial decisions will be made by the sponsoring organizations, except

those delegated  to the Steering Committee (with agreed-upon restrictions).


4. Funds will be disbursed by a designated organization, which will present quarterly financial

statements to the Steering Committee and made available to sponsoring organizations.


E. General Meetings


1. The General Membership shall endeavor to meet at least once every two



2. The exact number of meetings, agenda, locations, etc. shall be determined by the Steering

Committee with input from the General Membership.


3. Proposed agendas, proposals to be considered, and meeting minutes shall be circulated

to the NNOMY member organizations and caucuses to allow discussion and transparency of

steering committee actions.


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

Registered User Login

Registered users have access to article and category indexes, document downloads and research links. Utilize your user menu to access these resources. If you do not have an account, you must SIGN UP first.


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.


Download link for this kit

Share this

FacebookTwitterStumbleuponGoogle BookmarksLinkedinRSS FeedPinterestInstagramSnapchat

Gonate time or money to demilitarize our public schools

Contact NNOMY

The National Network Opposing
the Militarization of youth (NNOMY)

c/o On Earth Peace
PO Box 188
601 Main Street
New Windsor

Project YANO


Search the NNOMY website

The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY) is supported by individual contributions and a grant by the Craigslist Charitable Fund - 2016 Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.