Before You Enlist
Forced Military Testing
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, (ASVAB) is the military’s entrance exam that is given to fresh recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations. The test is also used as a recruiting tool in 833 high schools throughout Texas. During the 2010-2011 school year, the 4 hour test was used by military recruiting services to gain sensitive, personal information on 63,787 high school students, the vast majority of whom are under the age of 18. In high schools throughout Texas, the ASVAB is promoted without revealing its primary function as a recruitment tool. Students typically are given the test at schoolwithout parental knowledge or consent. The school-based ASVAB Career Exploration Program is among the military’s most effective recruiting tools.
Nationally, 12,000 high schools across the country allow the military to administer the test to 652,000 high school students.
Rick Jahnkow - The Gun Problem No One Talks About: Shooting Ranges in Schools - The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)
Just about everyone views the National Rifle Association as the leading champion of gun culture in the United States. When there is a mass shooting — even one as outrageous as the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary — we have learned to expect the NRA to uncompromisingly oppose any government response that would limit the rights of gun owners.
Military veteran Yvette Richardson speaks at the Chicano Luncheon about her involvement with Peaceful Vocations.
Diane Wood Speaks on Behalf of Student Privacy from Military Recruiters
Diane Wood, Peaceful Vocations member and representative of the Texas Coalition to Protect Student Privacy member, presented to the Texas State Board in Austin, TX the request that “Option 8” be the choice for all Texas schools when administering the ASVAB.