Peacework Obtains Military Recruiting Datasets: Creates Tool for Activists to Generate Maps of Recruiting Intensity
Sam Diener, Peacework co-editor, obtained detailed military recruiting data for all branches of the US military for the years 2001-2008 via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Jesus Palafox , from AFSC Chicago, and Sam Diener obtained the data on JROTC targets, primarily via FOIA. We also obtained data on which high schools gave the ASVAB. Katherine Fisher, the office manager at AFSC-NERO, used these data and open source Geographic Information System software to create these maps and build the capability to generate maps for any region.
Peacework is making these tools available to the public so that activists can create their own maps. The map at right illustrates the intensity of latino military recruitment by zip code in California for the average of the fiscal years 2007 and 2008. To get involved, visit www.nnomy.org.
Peacework has learned that Congress passed a little-noticed measure in the 2009 National Defense Authorization bill to expand the number of JROTC schools from 3400 to 3700 schools by 2020. We obtained the list of currently targeted schools. These invasions can still be stopped. Visit www.peaceworkmagazine.org for these data.