Here are the latest developments that CAMS has formed with LAUSD. Other people in other school districts can do the same through negotiations with your District or School Board. Ask us how!

ASVAB
ASVAB Information
ASVAB Alert
Researching ASVAB in your school
ASVAB in LAUSD
Scroll down this page for more info.

PENTAGON DATA BASE
The Pentagon collects information on you. Find out more here.

DEP (DELAYED ENTRY PROGRAM)
Good information on DEP is on this site here: http://www.nlg.org/mltf/dep.html

JROTC NEWS
AS of November 23, 2005 LAUSD codified policy regarding JROTC, military recruiters, ASVAB and more due to interest and pressure from CAMS. Here is the new policy. Violations should be reported to District officials and CAMS. Scroll down for Arlene Inouye's analysis of the policy.

JROTC is no longer the alternative for not enough PE classes in LAUSD. If you are placed in JROTC because PE classes are filled up than your school is breaking the law and district policy! Call us at 626-799-9118 or send us an email at info@militaryfreeschhools.org

Tanks and guns on your campus need prior permission from LAUSD's Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and Office of Risk Management. Ask the recruiter or tank commander to produce these documents.

Your LAUSD counselor has CAMS materials. Ask her or him for CAMS Great Jobs, Careers, Futures Call us if they don't know what you are talking about.

SPECIAL NOTE:

Do not fill out any information cards from recruiters for prize winning raffles. This is another way of them getting your information. The only real winners are those who do not join in with this insane death machine. Choose peace and community over the slavery of war and destruction.

LAUSD High Schools with Military Recruitment (Partial List)

Army Schools: Belmont, Cleveland, Fairfax, Franklin, Garfield, Hollywood, Jefferson, Jordan, Lincoln, Los Angeles High, Manual Arts, Monroe, Roosevelt, Van Nuys, Verdugo Hills, Washington Prep, Wilson. Air Force Schools: Canoga Park, Francis Polytechnic, Fulton College Prep, San Pedro, South Gate. Marine Schools: Crenshaw, Carson, Freemont. Navy Schools: El Camino, Kennedy, Narbonne, Locke, Reseda and Foshay Learning Center.

LAUSD Middle Schools with California Cadets Program (determined by the middle school with frequent changes)

Audubon Middle School, Bethune MS, Burbank MS, John Burroughs MS, Henry Clay MS, Fulton Middle School, Robert Frost MS, Bret Harte Prep MS, Horace Mann MS, Los Angeles Academy MS, James Madison MS, Robert Millikan MS, Nightingale MS, Nimitz MS, Pacoima MS, Reed MS, Stevenson MS

 

Military Infiltration of Our Public Schools

LA High School Students ::: The law gives Military Recruiters access to your information (names. addresses and telephone numbers) UNLESS YOU
OPT-OUT!

What is Opt Out? It is your legal right to notify your school that you DO NOT want the military to receive your personal info.

It's your choice. Don't let them harass you with endless phone calls and promises which may not come true! Go to the OPT OUT page for more info!

Honesty In Recruitment PDF file from John Lalla, very good!!

Stopping Militarism Brochure

Great Careers

Careers in Peace List #1

Careers in Peace List #2

Spanish Brochure for your parents

How to get out of JROTC classes

How to get out of JROTC classes
· No student should be involuntarily placed into JROTC. If you have been put into JROTC without requesting the class, try the following:
· Go to your counselor and request that you change classes.
· Write a letter stating why you object to being in the JROTC, make a copy and give one to the Counselor and keep the other for yourself. The letter can be used in your Conscientious Objector File in the event of a Draft.
· Have your parent or guardian request that you be removed from the JROTC class. It can be in a letter, or at a scheduled conference.
· If you are stuck in a JROTC class and cannot change classes you may want to ask the JROTC instructor about why you are studying war and killing. Ask questions about what happens to a soldier who loses an arm or a leg or a hand, or goes blind from fighting in a war. Challenging a teacher is not something that should get you in trouble if done in a respectful manner. If you feel you are being targeted unfairly by an instructor, any teacher, because you are asking questions about the course subject matter- than this can be a reason for allowing you to change classes (provided there is one available).
Students have asked JROTC instructors tough questions, such as "What is the difference between murder and what our military is doing in Baghdad?" or "Why does the military use chemical weapons in Fallujah and torture people in prison camps?" and “What happens to our veterans who are injured, with missing limbs?” Write down if the JROTC instructor treats you badly, insults, or yells at you because of your questions. Let a trusted adult know about the situation.
REMEMBER: You should not be forced to do something that your feelings are against.
It is ILLEGAL for your school to keep you in a JROTC class if you don't want to be there. Call us at 626-799-9118 if you need help.
So write that letter to the Principal. Make a copy of your letters and writings and send it to us too, as well as any stories you have of being pushed into a JROTC class because there isn’t enough room in the other classes.

A graphic of JROTC presence in LAUSD

 

REVIEW of POLICY BULLETIN 2067

Military Access to Schools

Arlene Inouye, CAMS Coordinator, HRC/UTLA Member, November 2005

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

After a Board presentation was made by CAMS and the Human Rights Committee, UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles) in February 2003, a District Committee was established to address questions and concerns regarding military recruitment.  For over a year, members and supporters of CAMS, a grassroots coalition of teachers, school staff, students, parents and community have documented and reported to this School District Committee specific instances of aggressive and abusive military recruiter tactics. We have been concerned about the lack of parameters regarding military recruitment, the lack of information and misinformation.  We once again went to the Board of Education September 12, 2005 to express our concerns and present specific resolutions to address them.  At the same time, approximately 250 email messages mobilized by the Leave My Child Alone campaign were sent to the Board of Education members to support our efforts.  Following the Board presentation by a student, parent, teacher and CAMS Coordinator, we were promised that action would be taken within the next month.

ANALYSIS OF POLICY

  We feel that this policy is a significant and important step in the right direction towards insuring the safety and protection of our students.  For the past year we have been repeatedly told that military recruitment was a LOCAL SCHOOL DECISION.  We believe that by providing the documentation of violations of district policy and safety concerns along with recommendations were important in the development of this policy.  We acknowledge that the guidelines still leave many decisions regarding military limits up to the discretion of the school principal or designee.  We are continuing to discuss with the District and lawyers, our concerns and possible changes.  We welcome any suggestions.  Specific comments are:

  • The first page states that the “military recruiters MAY” have various limits, which makes it optional and subjective according to the school principal.
  • We had requested for Option 8 to be the recommended choice for schools on the ASVAB test.  There appears to be confusion and lack of understanding about the specific process of keeping the scores private.  This will be researched along with requiring parental permission.
  • We like the fact that student first amendment rights of free expression, and to lawfully protest the military are stated, along with an attachment which can be easily duplicated and given to students.  Unfortunately there is no mention of counter recruiter rights to pass out literature and present alternatives.  It was stated by the district official that community persons can gain access through teacher contacts at the local school, and that it is a local school decision.
  • This policy does not address other methods of military recruitment such as through school sponsored sports events and programs.  Concerns were specially raised regarding the Classic Football game between Garfield and Roosevelt High School and the heavy recruiting and vendor access given to the military recruiters.  Who makes this decision and the process for approval  will be researched by the district.
  • The policy makes clear the school district policy of voluntary placement into the JROTC program, but states that those who enrolled in a JROTC/ROTC class in lieu of physical education who choose to drop the JROTC/ROTC class will be prioritized for enrollment in physical education.  This does not address the fact that there are insufficient physical education classes to meet the needs of students, and JROTC does not meet the state physical education requirements. According to the California Standards for Physical Education, JROTC along with other electives such as drill team, are out of compliance.  LAUSD has until June 2006, to remedy this situation.
  •  Under the responsibility of Military Representatives, the Office of Risk Management must approve all military equipment or vehicles on campus in advance.  Thus far, there have been no requests to this office, so this should dramatically decrease and possibly eliminate the humvees and military vans on campus.
  • The policy does not address the unequal representation of the military representatives over college and career representatives at career fairs.  There were a few schools over the past year which had a career fair with excessive military recruiters and lack of career and college recruiters. Whenever this occurs, we can notify the school district and they will address this.
  • The policy clarifies that the school does not approve of any trips or transporting by military recruiters outside of school hours.  We had documented cases of this occurring which the district had not known.  We feel that it is important to strengthen parental rights in relation to transportation issues and taking the ASVAB.
  • There are some inconsistencies in the District’s Opt Out policy, and what is written in the policy (i.e., 17 year old students being able to Opt Out without parent signature).

MONITORING

            Two months ago we began our Adopt A School Project in 37 schools in the Los Angeles County including 25 LAUSD high schools (of which there are approximately a total of 60).  Through our grassroots contacts at these 25 LAUSD schools, we will monitor this policy through a form with specific issues and areas to look for.  In order to simplify the process, we will have a violation checklist to address the areas where the military recruiters have not followed the guidelines and protocol such as the limits regarding time and location that the school administrator may determine.  The form will also document any difficulties of gaining equal access, school staff not complying with these guidelines (i.e. restricting the first amendment rights of students) and JROTC involuntary placement.

               A policy is only effective when it is known, implemented and holds persons accountable for violations.  We of CAMS will collect the data from the 25 schools in LAUSD, and see that the district is made aware of violations or problems with this policy.

We are appreciative for the hundreds of volunteers in our schools, which make this possible.


Ten Points To Consider Before You Sign A Military Enlistment Agreement

1: Don't make a quick decision by enlisting the first time you see a recruiter or when you are upset.

2: Take a witness with you when you speak to a recruiter.

3: Talk to veterans who have been there about their experiences.

4: Consider your moral feelings about going to war and killing someone.

5: Get a copy of the enlistment agreement. Read the fine print, especially the part about what the military can order you to do.

6: Once you are in you cannot get out so easily. You will be in for eight years and the only way out before that is if the military decides to give you a dishonorable discharge.

7: Get all the recruiters promises in writing!

8: There are no job guarantees in the military. You go and do what someone else tells you to for eight years.

9: Military personnel may not be as free as civilians or have the same rights and civil liberties as civilians,

10: Many other opportunities exist for you to serve your community and better your skills.

Check out AFSC for more info. Also see CAMS Conscientious Objector page for Selective Service Info.

JROTC in LAUSD


It was reported in 2003 by Lt. Col. Ted McDonald, JROTC Coordinator, that 5,521 students were enrolled at 29 high schools taught by 73 military personnel. Retired military personnel are given a special JROTC teaching credential that does not even require a college degree.


JROTC is a nonacademic elective course, not for college preparation. LAUSD contributes more than half the funding-- last year more than $2 million of the $4-million program. The JROTC programs are at 16 out of the 19 most severely overcrowded campuses. JROTC is disproportionately represented in working class or impoverished areas such as the Central and East Los Angeles communities with none west of Fairfax High School. Because of contractual conditions imposed by the military, JROTC is more expensive than a regular elective or the physical education classes taken as a substitute. If JROTC was eliminated, it would free up extra funds even after hiring the necessary staff to support JROTC students in other classes.

Latinos are now 13.5% of the U.S. population (2002 U.S. census update), but only about 10% of enlisted ranks. Latinos are about 10% of the Army and 14% of the Marines (2001 DOD). But the important thing to note is that in combat-related military occupations, Latinos jump to 25% of the Army, and 20% of the Marines. Blacks and Latinos are much more likely to receive penalties and incarceration in the brig while in the military, and to get less than honorable discharges upon separation, which damage life-chances for employment after leaving the military.


Understanding JROTC

I genuinely appreciated the extensive coverage you gave February 19, 2007,
to the state of "JROTC" in Los Angeles' high schools. There is a
battle raging for the hearts and minds of our young people.

As someone who has been educating the public about this program for 15
years, I wish to underscore two key points that were not clearly stated.
Junior Officers¹ Training Corps" (JROTC)
is false advertising. Nothing in this program prepares or qualifies high
school students for careers as military officers.

JROTC is similar to college-level Reserve Officers' Training Corps ROTC),
in that it is a part-time, military-run program. But JROTC
graduates are only eligible to enter the armed forces as enlisted men or
women, just like young people who never participated in JROTC.

Second, any program that offers small classes, extra staff, personal
attention, and less than challenging curriculum to high school students
is likely to earn the loyalty of its participants. Undeniably JROTC has many
"happy campers." But JROTC sucks money from general school
districts budgets. In many cases local funds cover over half of JROTC
program expenditures.

Our limited education dollars could be spent much more effectively teaching
non-violent strategies, conflict resolution techniques, and
preparing students for either college or civilian trades, than enticing them
to risk their lives and future, fighting for no reason in a war that can't
be won.

Adele Siegel

ASVAB TEST (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

An OPTIONAL, free test administered to high school students by the military Purpose is not for determining general occupational aptitudes, but for admissions and placement into U.S. military

~Tests general knowledge in a variety of career possibilities
~Scores determine whether one gets into military
~Scores establish what jobs recruits are allowed to train in
~Used to obtain personal contact information
~You are NOT obligated to join military after taking the test
~You may be pursued at home by military recruiters

You do not have to take the ASVAB test. It is an optional test. that means you can just say "No! I don't want to take this test." If you do take the test your name, phone and address go straight to the Pentagon and military recruiters (the Pentagon controls the US military and plans war, and will control you too if you allow them .)

ASVAB may be given to you as a Career Placement, or Job, Test. But if you want to find a job you are good at and are having a hard time thinking about that or about what you want to go to college for than make an appointment with your school counselor or talk with your favorite teacher. There are many many things that you can do and careers you can pursue. CAMS has put together a Career Guide for Southern California here and a Guide for Higher Education here. Make sure you tell the counselor or the teacher you talk with the the military is not an option for you.

You can resist! You can protest! You can REFUSE TO TAKE THIS TEST for the Pentagon and endless wars.

Here is some sample info on ASVAB from the goarmy.com site... the red comments are mine.

ASVAB

You and your young adult get a say in what Army job he or she has. But several factors are considered when assigning a job or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS):

* Current and anticipated needs of the Army
* Career aspirations
* Skills and qualifications
* the current Resource War

The final factor is the Soldier's score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which tests your son or daughter's skills and how they apply to jobs in the Army.

Paragraph Comprehension - SECTION 4

The Paragraph Comprehension test consists of 15 items measuring your ability to obtain information from written passages. You will find one or more paragraphs of reading material followed by incomplete statements or questions. After you read each paragraph, select the one that best completes the statement or answers the question.

Twenty-five percent of all household burglaries can be attributed to unlocked windows or doors. Crime is the result of opportunity plus desire. To prevent crime, it is each individual's responsibility to:

A. provide the desire
B. provide the opportunity
C. prevent the desire
D. prevent the opportunity

...but if the military kills civilians is that too a crime? What about torture? What about using chemical weapons like white phosphorous against schoolchildren in Fallujah? Ask your recruiter.

What does the ASVAB measure?
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery measures your knowledge and ability in ten different areas; from math to electronics. It is not an IQ test, but the ASVAB is one of the ways to help you decide what job areas in the Army would be best for you.

As youth figure out the lies of the military the 'passing' score is dropping so the military can take in more people who do not know better. Warn your fellow students about ASVAB. Tell them they can refuse to take it.

Who gives the ASVAB, and where can I take it?
The ASVAB is usually given in schools by test administrators from the Federal Government. Schools determine where and when the ASVAB will be given.

CAMS Files on ASVAB:

ASVAB Information
ASVAB Alert
Researching ASVAB in your school
ASVAB in LAUSD

For more information on ASVAB go here.

Parents:: Special Note:: Talk to your Principal about Option 8 and ASVAB:: Option 8 is an easy way for administrators to OptOut of having ASVAB information sent to the Pentagon and Recruiters. All the adminstrator has to do is check off a box on the initial adminsitrative forms called Option 8.

High School Students: You do not have to take the ASVAB test. It is an optional test. that means you can just say "No! I don't want to take this test." If you do take the test your name, phone and address go straight to the Pentagon and military recruiters. More info here.

STUDENTS STUDENTS

ASVAB  ALERT ASVAB ALERT

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

In other words … a military placement exam required for enlistment! The ASVAB is a voluntary general aptitude test offered at no cost or obligation to high school students through a joint program of the Department of Defense and Dept of Education. LAUSD

District  Policy Bulletin 2067 states:

The School will not discipline a student who opts not to take the ASVAB

Just say "No, I don't want to take the ASVAB test. "

Taking the ASVAB does not require a student to enlist in military service;

However, a junior or senior can use ASVAB scores for up to two years to enlist   in the military after graduation, and the contact information provided as part of the test, as well as scores, is accessible to military recruiters.

Just say "No, I don't want to take the ASVAB test. "

* If a student is contacted by the military recruiter, requests no further contact be     made, and the military recruiter continues to contact the student, the student/ family and school personnel should report the unwanted contact to the commanding officer at the recruiting station

*  To ensure consistency with opt-out provisions for release of contact information to the military, it is recommended that school employees facilitating the ASVAB inform students that they may use the schools address on the ASVAB form.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The ASVAB violates student privacy by releasing students name, address, phone number and social security numbers to military recruiters often without their knowledge or understanding, by  releasing the scores to military recruiters,  to exposing students to harassing and sometimes relentless recruitment  based on their aptitude scores.

The ASVAB  skirts parental rights by giving incomplete information to parents about it, by schools releasing the results to military recruiters without parental consent, and by having underage minors sign a statement that releases information to military recruiters without parental signatures.

The ASVAB is given in about 75% of the high schools in Los Angeles and is a primary tool used for military recruitment.

Just say "No, I don't want to take the ASVAB test. "

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Use Option 8 before it’s too late!

The school career counselor and /or Principal at each school DECIDE whether the entire school releases the information to military recruiters or not.  OPTION 8 is the only option that secures STUDENT PRIVACY AND PARENTAL RIGHTS at the high  school.  Request it!  Better yet, don’t take the test at all.

Never list your personal information and social security number on the test even when they tell you that it’s needed for scoring.

Students can deliberately fail this test if given. It's one test we encourage you to fail.

Students can protest the ASVAB by wearing arm bands, carrying signs and walking out. Freemont High School students and faculty successfully curtailed the exam by demonstrating against it!

Tell your friends, other parents, school personnel about the ASVAB.  Get the word out!

 

 

GI BENEFITS


NO GI benefits for 57%of people who join up!

The ad says, “Join the army and earn up to $50,000 for college.” The reality is that 57% of those who sign up for the GI Bill educational benefits do not receive the benefits, and 23% receive only half their maximum benefit. Why? Because the military attaches many strings to eligibility and GI bill benefits. If they are received, don't pay enough to cover costs at even the most inexpensive schools.

DELAYED ENTRY PROGRAM (DEP)


Under the Delayed Entry Program, you sign up now but don't enter the military until up to 12 months later. Some students sign up for DEP because they are not yet 18 years old. If you change your mind, you can get out of DEP, and DO NOT have to join.

Women report higher incidences of rape, sexual abuse and harassment than civilians. A 1999 review of Pentagon records found that 50,000 military spouses were victims of domestic violence-5 times the civilian rate.

This website had somme good info on DEP letters and respnses : http://www.nlg.org/mltf/dep.html

 

JROTC (Junior Reserves Officer Training Core)

A Military-run training program for high school students. The goal is to create favorable attitudes and impressions towards the Services and careers in the Armed Forces (332 Code of Fed Regulations 542.5:3c).
Between 1992 to 1997, JROTC programs more than doubled. After General Colin Powell visited South Central L. A. following the riots in 1992. He concluded inner city youth needed more discipline and structure. JROTC continues to grow to over 3,500 programs nationwide. More than 40% of cadets who complete JROTC eventually join the military, the vast majority as enlisted personnel.

Here is the Enlistment Agreement you sign when you join up. Recruiters will try an hurry you to sign this without reading it. Read it here first. Notice that the US military does not have to honor any promises made by the recruiters to you. It's at the bottom of the page.

Here is the full US Military School Recruitment Handbook in PDF format.

info@militaryfreeschool.org
CAMS
PO Box 3012
South Pasadena, CA. 91031
626-799-9118

Major General Smedley Butler speaks about what he learned while serving in the US military.

"Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn't they? It pays high dividends. But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children? What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?

"Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to "about face"; to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed.

"Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another "about face" ! This time they had to do their own readjustment, sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers' aid and advice and sans nation-wide propaganda. We didn't need them any more. So we scattered them about without any "three-minute" or "Liberty Loan" speeches or parades. Many, too many, of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that final "about face" alone.

"Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. His family pays too. They pay it in the same heart-break that he does. As he suffers, they suffer. At nights, as he lay in the trenches and watched shrapnel burst about him, they lay home in their beds and tossed sleeplessly – his father, his mother, his wife, his sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his daughters.

"When he returned home minus an eye, or minus a leg or with his mind broken, they suffered too – as much as and even sometimes more than he. Yes, and they, too, contributed their dollars to the profits of the munitions makers and bankers and shipbuilders and the manufacturers and the speculators made. "--US Marine Major General Smedley Butler

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