Alternatives to the Military
One of the best things counter recruitment activists can do is to offer concrete career, life and education alternatives to what the military offers. People enlist for a variety of reasons such as: money for college, job training/skills, direction in life, discipline, to be part of a team, travel, to serve their country, to get out of trouble with the law, physical training, even citizenship. It is important to keep all of these in mind when talking to young people.
Also keep in mind that young people may have hidden motivations such as wanting simply to be more respected. Some may need to escape a difficult home environment or abusive relationship or deal with other problems in their life. Young people do not always share these deeper reasons for wanting to enlist, so listen closely. Stock answers about education and job opportunities may not be helpful in such a case, but they may help a young person to think of other ways to get out of a bad situation.
Some non-military options for youth listed alphabetically: Click on a link below to get you started
You can research non-military options for youth in your area and create a brochure that describes each one and provides contact information as well. If you do, please forward the link to NNOMY at admin+at+nnomy+dot+org so we can refer to it when we develop a more expanded resource on Alternatives by region.
We also have compiled a collection that lists state-by-state what many opportunities are available complete with contact information. CLICK HERE to explore this resource.
Some other ideas include:
- Host job/career fairs
- Create and sustain scholarship funds for youth who are considering the military
- Create and/or support after school programs
- Ask local businesses and organizations if they are willing to support youth resisting the military by providing internships, job training, jobs, scholarships, mentorships, etc.
- Host college information sessions (bring college pamphlets, FAFSA forms, students, college reps, class schedules, applications, etc.)
- Host informational sessions on AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, City Year, etc.
- Lobby/petition your local government to increase financial aid, institute more job training programs, support job opportunities for young people, get a trade school
- Alternatives: Materials and Links
- Finding Alternatives (in development)
- Creating Alternative Materials (in development)
- Career Fairs (in development)
- For Guidance Counselors (in development)
- For Parents
- Building Allies (i.e. How To Engage Community Groups Fighting For More Alternatives) (in development)
- Find A Group
This page can be accessed and referred at the following URL: http://alternativestothemilitary.nnomy.org
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