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Constitutional Litigation Clinic Recommends New Policies on Military Recruiting Practices at Public High Schools

November 28, 2011 – 

A report by the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark recommends a series of actions by the State Legislature, school boards, and high school administrators and guidance counselors to help students and their families make informed decisions about military enlistment. 

The report, titled “Should You Enlist?: What Everyone Should Know About Military Recruiting, Military Life, and Veteran Affairs Before Enlisting,” is an update of a report published by the Rutgers clinic in 2008. “Should You Enlist?” was prepared by Clinical Professor Penny Venetis and her students. 

The report discusses the military’s aggressive and well-funded recruiting tactics; how these efforts are imported to high schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act; and the impact of military action on service members and veterans. The report also provides extensive information about scholarships that are available to students who are interested in pursuing college rather than joining the military. Along these same lines, the report discusses the many advantages of joining the military after college or during college (through ROTC programs).

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

Go to http://www.law.newark.rutgers.edu/files/Military%20Recruitment%20Report.pdf for the full report.