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It Isn't Good Enough To Deny Military Recruiters Access to Student Data

An Orange County, California mother tells this distressing story.

My daughter heard a recruiter speak at her continuation high school last
May. I had signed an opt-out card, but we hadn't talked about it lately.
She was so jazzed up by his presentation, that she emailed him about a career in
the army.

I guess that gives recruiters permission to talk to a student. He told her
all these things about getting her nursing degree through the army (not
quite accurate in sequence), bonuses, health insurance, and called her at
home, etc. (My daughter is biracial--and being at a continuation school, probably looked
like great pickings).

The next day, he took her and her friend (they are both under 18) to the
Olive Garden Restaurant for lunch, and then to the recruiter station to take
that ASVAB test.

He didn't call me first, tell the school he was taking them, or anything like that.

He told my daughter she was somewhat underweight, but they could build her weight up
by running, and that he would run with her whenever she wanted. He also told
her they could work around her potential asthma issues (only has problems
when she runs a lot!) and her ADHD. That night he emailed her and asked her
if she wanted to go running the next day. I told her to email him and tell
him to stop contacting her.

So I emailed the Army Cyber Recruiter and he said : "Recruiters are not
allowed to escort high school students off campus."

The recruiter called one more time and I answered, and told him to
stop calling or I would report him to the police and his supervisor.

What's disappointing is that I emailed the school and never got a response.
I wonder if the sergeant has given them too many donuts or coffees or
something?

The recruiters are insidious.

— A California mother

2005-09-11


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