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Any high school that receives federal funding must turn over student information (name, address, phone number) to military recruiters unless parents provide a written letter or signed Opt-Out form. Download the Opt-Out form HERE.

Provide the signed form to your school's principal, send a copy to your local school superintendent, and keep a copy for yourself.

    In yesterday's New York Times, there was an article titled "Salutes for Graduates Who’ll Be Saluting Soon".

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    After reading the article, I am baffled to think that there is any reason to give a special acknowledgement to students joining the military. Is it not a choice like going to college? During senior year teens are faced with many decisions; what to wear to prom, what schools are they getting into, what do they want to major in and so on. Those students who join the armed services have made a choice as well; their choice having much more lasting effects than what color they wore to prom.

    I say this, not because I don't think their sacrifice should go unnoticed, but because it will put enlisting in the military into a new light. Parents who want to see their children in the spotlight will push their kid to be all they can be (pun intended). Starting the trend of having a special recognition in the graduating ceremony will inspire impressionable High School minds to see some form of pride in joining military service.

    I think it's sending the wrong message for the right reasons.
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    In my opinion, acknowledging and appreciating the work of our service men and women is a crucial part of citizenship. What's the issue with giving them extra recognition when they are likely going to be in combat to protect your freedom?
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