Peacework Freedom of Information Act Research Yields Datasets to Help Counter Military Recruitment
PeaceWork Magazine has engaged in extensive Freedom of Information Act research to identify:
- JROTC target schools.
- How many enlistees are signing up for the military from each Army recruiting station, zip code, and school in the US (note: clicking on the link yields a large 10 megabyte spreadsheet).
- Which high schools across the country are administering the ASVAB test, and how many students are taking the test.
- The reality that 57% of military enlistees who paid $1200 into the GI Bill have received nothing in return.
- Which schools are being targeted for new JROTC units.
- Where military recruiting trucks are traveling to next. We have been thwarted so far in receiving these last datasets because the military is making the outlandish claim that it would be a security risk.
Some activists around the country are already using these data to prioritize our work and to build coalitions where countering military recruiting is most needed (and where striving to utilize the right of peace activists to obtain access to schools equal to that of military recruiters is most urgent). We hope to obtain additional resources to analyze, update, and expand on these datasets, to obtain additional datasets, and to make it easier for local activists to identify the worst military recruiting hot-spots in any US region.
We're also looking for resources to enable us to use open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create an open source tool to enable activists to map the demographics of military recruiting in their area (NY Metro AFSC has demonstrated the effectiveness of using these data to create GIS maps. That map has helped convince librarians throughout Harlem to stock counter-military-recruitment materials, and convinced many people throughout the city to get involved).
Please see additional coverage of countering military recruitment in PeaceWork (see both more recent articles and a list of articles from 1999-present), at the AFSC Youth and Militarism Program website, and the national resource page at the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth.