Child Soldiers of Misfortune
Public schools serve as prime recruiting grounds for the military. The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (Optional Protocol) is meant to safeguard the rights of children under 18 from military recruitment and deployment to war. Further, it was written to guarantee basic protections to former child soldiers, whether they are seeking refugee protection in the United States or are in U.S. custody for alleged crimes. Read these articles and learn about the US violations of this protocol, both at home and abroad, which rob children of foreign nationals and our own citizens of their childhoods.
In this interview, Anne Kim mentions some very promising community alternatives that can help alleviate such situations and provide hope to an age group needing support. ~ Don Chapin
This 2015 document, a report by the American Friends Service Committee/Western Massachusetts Program, delves into the American military recruitment practices in this region. The first of its kind in the state, the Quakers created the report in order to inform parents,...
Public schools serve as prime recruiting grounds for the military. The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (Optional Protocol) is meant to safeguard the rights of children under 18 from military recruitment and deployment to war, and to...
REPOST: No Child Left Unrecruited?, by David Goodman, Mother Jones Magazine, Nov/Dec 2002: Recruiters cited the No Child Left Behind Act…buried deep within the law’s 670 pages, is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only with access to facilities, but also with contact information for every student—or face a cutoff of all federal aid.
The ASVAB is the military’s entrance exam that is given to prospective recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations (NO, the career field recommendations are military-oriented, NOT general or generic).
What You Don't Know About ROTC The document below is written by a veteran.