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Clinic Report Recommends Changes in Military Recruiting Practices at Public High Schools

November 19, 2008 – 
A report by students in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark has found that many schools throughout New Jersey fail to notify parents of their right to “opt-out” of providing military recruiters with contact information for their children. As a result, teenagers often hear a portrayal of military service that is unrealistic and misleading and that ignores other opportunities for pursuing further education, including participating in a college ROTC program.

The report, entitled “Targeting Youth: What Everyone Should Know About Military Recruiting in Public High Schools,” was prepared over several semesters and summers by 16 law students supervised by Clinical Professor Penny Venetis.

The report discusses the military’s aggressive and well-funded recruiting efforts; how these efforts are supported by a little-known provision of the No Child Left Behind Act; the actual educational benefits available to new recruits; how these benefits compare to non-military sources of educational financial aid; and the impact of current military action on soldiers and veterans.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations to ensure that high school students who decide to enlist will do so based on an unbiased and full understanding of what it means to join the military during wartime.

Go to http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/MilitaryRecruitingReportConLitClinicFinal.pdf for the full report.