Counter Recruitment

In our counter-recruitment work, the Peace Education program aims to limit the influence of military recruiters on middle and high school kids, to help these kids make well reflected career choices, and to provide information on jobs in peacemaking and non-violent ways to financing college. A particular emphasis is placed on bringing awareness of possible dangers of joining the military and false promises made by recruiters.

Watch a video of AFSC Los Angeles shutting down a recruitment station in East Los Angeles with students from nearby Roosevelt High School.

We work together with youth and parents as well as teachers from Los Angeles Unified School District who are organizing to demilitarize the schools. A close partner is the Los Angeles-based Coalition Against Militarism Of Our Schools (

For information beyond what is listed here, please visit AFSC's website on Youth & Militarism.

Counter Recruitment Resources

Great Careers - Alternatives to the Military Booklet
(4th Edition)

Twenty pages filled with many local and national career opportunities: peaceful jobs and careers that offer what the military promises without giving up your rights and supporting the war machine.

The booklet also includes career planning, personal growth, youth leadership, and independent living. It will be updated constantly.

Produced through a collaboration of AFSC Los Angeles with Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS).

Print the booklet yourself from the PDF file below, or order copies from AFSC Los Angeles at (213) 489-1900 or

Frequently Used Counter-Recruitment Resources:

Questionnaires for students and school staff interested in planning counter-recruitment activities:

Also see:

Great Careers Booklet

A guide to a wide array of careers.

10 Points Before Enlisting (E)

Ten points to consider before enlisting.

Bi-lingual Recruitment Opt-Out Form

A bi-lingual form to opt-out of recruitment.

Alternatives to the Military (English)

A guide to alternatives to the military in English.

Alternatives to the Military (Espanol)

A guide to alternatives to the military in Spanish.

Aviso A Los Padres De Famlia

A guide dealing with recruitment in Spanish.

False Advertisement (English)

A guide against recruitment in comic form in English.

False Advertisement (Espanol)

A guide to avoiding recruitment in comic form in Spanish.

Draft Registration

A guide to draft registration.

The Poverty Draft

A guide to the link between poverty and recruitment.

Financing College Without Joining the Military

A two page brocure (legal-size paper?) on financing college without joining the military.

High School Students' Rights

A guide to what every student should know about their rights while in school, particularly as they pertain to free speech and assembly and what to do if these rights are violated.

It's Time To Teach Peace

A double-sided flyer on demilitarizing schools. It also includes a way to get more information from the Pasadena, CA office.

JROTC - Sending the Wrong Message About Weapons and Violence

A two-page (double-sided) handout on how the military is delivering information on weapons and violence through the JROTC contrary to the message the schools are sending with their zero-tolerance weapons policy.

Survey for School Staff on Military Recruitment

A survey of school staffpersons on the JROTC's presence in their school.

Survey for School Students on Military Recruitment

A survey for students on the JROTC's presense in their school.

The Military's Not Just a Job...

A pamplet on the numerous downsides of joining the military including the living conditions, the lack of post-service job training, the hurdles for college, racism, sexism, homophobia, and the loss of basic rights.

War and the Draft - What You Can Do

A two page guide to what students, parents, and community members can do about military recruitment in their area.

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