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.
JROTC
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
MCRC
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.

 

US Navy's funding of high schools raises concerns

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Chicago military acadamiesChicago (AFP) - The first time Miguel Martinez visited a college campus, it was for a summer camp paid for by the US Navy, which is investing millions to improve public education and, ultimately, potential recruits.

While cash-strapped school districts are anxious for the help, critics contend that it comes at too high of a cost: the militarization of schools and the indoctrination of the young.

For Martinez, who hopes to be the first in his family to go to college, a science-focused camp at Purdue University was something his family never could have managed without the Navy’s help.

“It got me excited,” he told AFP. “It gave me an idea of what kinds of things I’d be doing.”

Martinez, 16, attends Rickover Naval Academy, a public high school in Chicago whose 508 students wear uniforms and take classes in military history and naval science taught by retired naval officers.

He hopes to get a military scholarship to college and sees enlisting as “one of my main options if engineering doesn't work out.”

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Cadets practice their formation on October 22, 2013 at Rickover Naval Academy, one of seven public h …

In the meantime, he gets to build robots after school in a Navy-sponsored club.

Public schools, run as military academies

The US military has been warning for years that the poor quality of public education – coupled with an obesity epidemic – is making it hard to find recruits with the skills needed for modern warfare.

That's a real problem for the Navy, where more than half of the service's engineers, weapons developers and other scientific professionals are eligible for retirement in the next seven years.

The Navy announced plans in 2011 to nearly double its budget for supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to more than $100 million a year by 2015.

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Cadets practice their formation on October 22, 2013 at Rickover Naval Academy in Chicago, Illinois ( …

The latest project is a $2 million partnership with the city of Chicago to enhance STEM education at seven public high schools by integrating curriculum developed by the Navy and supporting after-school enrichment and summer camps.

“A highly-trained STEM-capable workforce allows the Navy and Marine Corps to run our ships, fly our planes and design the next generation of war-fighting tools,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on a recent tour of one of the chosen schools.

Chicago was a natural fit for the pilot project, which launched with a camp over the summer and in schools this fall.

The city already had six public high schools run as military academies, which enroll nearly 2,800 students, the largest contingent in the nation.

And with more than six applicants for every spot, it recently announced plans for a seventh that will combine middle and high school.

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Brianna Mendoza explains a chemistry equation on October 22, 2013 at Rickover Naval Academy in Chica …

The military-style options, with their emphasis on discipline and college prep, are seen as attractive in a city where many schools are disrupted by violence, dismal test scores and high drop out rates.

'They're lying to the public'

But critics say the military already has too much influence on American culture and shouldn’t be allowed to use schools and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program that operates in more than 1,600 high schools to recruit children.

“They're lying to the public by saying this is about citizenship. It's about discipline,” said Jesus Palafox of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth.

“It’s about trying to get soldiers into the military.”

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A banner urging schools to 'teach peace' hangs across the street on October 22, 2013 from Rickover N …

School districts should be focused on providing children with a quality education so they don’t need to turn to the military as a way out of poverty, said Darlene Gramigna of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group that promotes peace.

“If people want to join, that's a choice,” she told AFP.

“They're creating a climate for young people where they feel the military is the only way for them to get an education.”

But Commander Mike Tooker insists that is absolutely not the case at Rickover.

“We discourage students from enlisting, because the whole point is college prep,” said Tooker, a retired pilot who is the school's military director.

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Cadets laugh while doing pushups on October 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois during formation at Rickov …

All 79 students who graduated from Rickover last year were accepted into at least one college or university. They were offered a total of $7.5 million in scholarships and financial aid – most of which did not come from the military, Tooker said.

Not all of them were able to attend college: many didn’t have the financial means, even with some aid. About four to eight students end up enlisting every year – which Tooker said is pretty standard for a school where 86 percent of the students are low income.

Tooker -- a genial man who runs a host of school clubs including sailing and public speaking -- compared the school’s five military instructors to the nuns and priests at a Catholic school who teach strong values to the students.

“We're constantly reminding the cadets what the proper, respectful thing is to do,” he explained.

The mayor’s office defended the military academies as one of many alternative programs used to provide the district's 400,000 students with good choices.

The city has already partnered with universities and major tech companies like Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Verizon and Motorola to advance STEM education in the district.

“The grant from the Navy has just accelerated what we can do,” said Beth Swanson, the mayor's education deputy.

“They have an incredible amount of research in education and training in what happens in the Navy with their own personnel, and they’re able to adapt that to students in Chicago.”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/us-navys-funding-high-schools-raises-concerns-222729015.html

See: Conversation with Rickover Cadets on Facebook

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