Alternatives to Military Service

In High School and College (and now, sometimes even the lower levels of school) it is not uncommon to see military recruiters on a regular basis.  They offer education, travel, income and benefits that, to a young person, are difficult to refuse. What many young people are not aware of, is that there are other options.

Below, please find links to some websites with very helpful information.

NNOMY (National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth) is a national networking body that brings together national, regional and local organizations to oppose the growing intrusion of the military in young people’s lives.  They provide resources for counter-recruiters, as well as for young people seeking alternatives.

Project YANO – (Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities) Project YANO primarily serves young people who are looking for job training, wish to go to college or want to make a difference in other people’s lives — but they might not see enough opportunities to pursue these goals. They also work with educators and others who advise young people, and support youths who are using activism to change their lives, their communities and the larger world they are part of.

The Center on Conscience & War – a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of conscience, opposes military conscription, and serves all conscientious objectors to war.   They list alternatives, by state!

American Friends Service Committee  also lists alternatives to military service

If you might be considering joining the military to pay for/help pay for education, these resources may help you find alternative ways to pay:

Financial Aid

Tools to help search for Scholaraships

National Scholarships and Grants 

LEPOCO has, in the past, held a counter-recruitment presence at local schools, to help educate students on those options, so they can make a more informed decision about their futures. Let us know if you are interested in organizing/helping to organize this effort again.