Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
The Pentagon mines the personal data of our youth in their high schools.- Click the Photo to Go There
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..- Click the Photo to Go There
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 .- Click the Photo to Go There
Divest “Your Body” from the War Machine
CODEPINK, in partnership with an array of peace and disarmament groups, has launched a divestment campaign - Click the Photo to Go There
School Marksmanship Training programs put our youth at risk
for the potential promotion of school violence - Click the Photo to Go There
Suggested approaches for gaining access to schools and ideas for activities once inside - Click the Photo to Go There
This workshop focuses on what you can do to reach and educate students at the individual school level.


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 (2018)

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.


Report from the National Counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization Strategy Summit

Rick  Jahnkow - The Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft

During the weekend of June 23-24, 2018, a group of 28 activists gathered in Chicago to share the knowledge and lessons they have learned from organizing to counter the militarization of schools and military recruitment of young people. They came from various regions of the U.S. and met at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center.

Sponsored by the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (, the gathering provided an opportunity for organizers to assess the context for their work under the Trump/Pence administration, identify individual and collective challenges they face, and evaluate possible strategies and best practices for increasing their impact.

The planning committee for the summit consisted of:

Pat Alviso, Recruiter Awareness Project (Long Beach, CA)
Michelle Cohen, Project Great Futures (Los Angeles, CA)
Kate Connell, Truth in Recruitment (Santa Barbara, CA)
Natasha Erskine, Veterans For Peace (Chicago, IL)
Libby Frank, Northwest Suburban Peace Education Project (Chicago, IL)
Rick Jahnkow, Project YANO (San Diego, CA)
Seth Kershner, Winsted Area Peace Action (CT)
Siri Margerin, Full Picture Coalition (Bay Area, CA)

The summit began with a panel presentation on the history of the counter-recruitment movement, its strengths and weaknesses. This was followed by an analysis of current and future recruiting trends. The rest of the weekend consisted of multiple stages of small-group brainstorming for the purpose of identifying possible goals, strategies and organizing tactics. At the end of the process, the long lists of ideas were boiled down to the most compelling ideas for improving our collective efforts.

Goals that were given the highest priority were:

  1. Establish a network of sympathetic teachers and counselors.

  2. Empower youth.

  3. Remove JROTC from schools.

  4. Restigmatize militarism.

  5. Build and sustain our groups with research, analysis, funding and networking.

  6. Grow counter recruitment activism through a focus on intersectionality, economic justice and impacted youth.

Strategies and tactics were attached to each of the goals. For example, for the goal of restigmatizing militarism, the strategies included marketing peace and denigrating militarism. Suggested tactics ranged from producing short videos to funding peace clubs as alternatives to JROTC.

As another example, for the goal of empowering youth, some of the strategies were: making the counter-recruitment movement more egalitarian, choosing non-boring methods, and developing social media presence. Listed among the tactics were: using mobile phone QR codes to direct young people to information, sharing resources, subsidizing internships, supporting peace clubs, and giving youth responsibilities for organizing tasks.

As these various ideas were discussed, representatives from groups that had never attempted such tactics were able to learn from more experienced organizers, and everyone benefited from the shared knowledge and wisdom.

Another event at the summit was the first showing of the updated, 2018 version of the video Before You Enlist. Using testimonials of veterans, including a former recruiter, it is the most effective video tool available for educating young people about the realities of military enlistment and war that are hidden in military recruitment propaganda. It’s been shown in hundreds of high school classrooms and used in workshops at many youth conferences. The 16-minute English video can be viewed at The Spanish version will be updated in 2019.

For more information on the summit and outcomes of the discussions that were held, contact National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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