Counter-Recruitment and the Campaign to Demilitarize Public by Scott Harding,Seth Kershner

By Scott Harding,Seth Kershner

This publication describes many of the strategies utilized in counter-recruitment, drawing from the phrases of activists and case reviews of winning organizing and advocacy. The usa is among the purely constructed nations to permit an army presence in public faculties, together with an lively position for army recruiters. on the way to enlist 250,000 new recruits each year, the U.S. army needs to industry itself to early life by way of integrating itself into faculties via courses equivalent to JROTC (Junior Reserve officials' education Corps), and spend billions of bucks every year on recruitment actions. This militarization of academic area has spawned a little-noticed grassroots resistance: the small, yet subtle, “counter-recruitment” circulation. Counter-recruiters stopover at colleges to problem recruiters' messages with info on non-military occupation concepts; activists paintings to make it more durable for the army to function in public faculties; they behavior lobbying campaigns for regulations that defend scholars' deepest info from army recruiters; and, counter-recruiters mentor early life to get entangled in those actions. whereas attracting little recognition, counter-recruitment has still been defined as “the army recruiter's maximum main issue” via a Marine Corps official.

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