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Back To School? Don't Be A Target For The Military!

Under No Child Left Behind, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may "opt-out" of this military database at the beginning of the school year.

"They'll know where you live.... They'll have your phone number.... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" -- The Full Picture, San Francisco, California

* Students must opt-out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1.
* Students do NOT need parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* Depending upon the School District, potentially every high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors or seniors.
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.

Opt Out! Form
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