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. We’d really like to increase our presence with youth and
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!