In High School and College (and now, 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. 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.
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.
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!