Alternatives to Military Service
Alternatives to Military Service seeks to dispel the myth that you need to join the military to pay your way through college. We show the downsides of trusting in the GI Bill and we have a lot of great information on local and national resources for scholarships and other educational opportunities.
Realities of military promises and war
Many of the details about enlistment are not well explained to people considering joining the military. Recruits may not understand the specifics of the enlistment agreement, the possibility of recruiter fraud, the limitations of college funding available through the military, and the problems faced by veterans when they leave the armed forces. It is important to learn all you can before you join. Here are some things to consider before you enlist.
Nonviolent career and educational alternatives
Check out this list of ways to earn money for college, and acquire work experience along the way.
If you are required to register for the Selective Service (draft) and you feel conscientiously opposed to doing so, you can claim conscientious objector (CO) status. This process requires that you keep a file of records demonstrating your opposition. Read more here about becoming a conscientious objector.
Opt-out of military recruitment
Under the 2001 “No Child Left Behind” law, all public high schools MUST provide their kids’ names, home phone numbers, and home addresses to military recruiters or lose federal funding. Sign the opt-out form and send it to your child’s high school. Families have a RIGHT under the “No Child Left Behind” law to prohibit the release of personal information for military recruitment purposes.
Some districts have the form available online:
Other school districts may have different deadlines; call yours to find out:
Bellingham School District: (360) 676-6400
Bellingham Superintendent: (360) 676-6501
Bellingham High School: (360) 676-6575
Sehome High School: (360) 676-6481
Squalicum High School: (360) 676-6471
Blaine School District: (360) 332-5881
Blaine High School: (360)332-6045
Ferndale School District: (360) 383-9200
Ferndale Superintendent: (360) 383-9207
Ferndale High School: (360) 383-9240
Clearview High School: (360) 383-9345
Windward High School: (360) 383-9150
Lummi Nation Schools: (360) 758-3149
Lummi High School: (360) 758-3147
Lynden School District: (360) 354-4443
Lynden High School: (360) 354-4401
Lynden Christian Schools: (360) 318-9525
Lynden Christian High School: (360) 354-3221
Meridian School District: (360) 398-7111
Meridian High School: (360) 398-8111
Mount Baker School District: (360) 383-2000
Mount Baker High School: (360) 383-2015
Nooksack Valley School District: (360) 988-4754
Nooksack Valley High School: (360) 988-2641
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