This music video says about itself:
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a popular Irish traditional anti-war and anti-recruiting song. It is generally dated to the early 19th century, when Irish troops served the British East India Company. The original refers to the soldiers from Athy, County Kildare that fought in “Sulloon” (Ceylon – now Sri Lanka) for the East India Company.
Georgia Bill Would Protect Minors from Aggressive Military Recruitment
By Gloria Tatum, Staff Writer, The Atlanta Progressive News (February 03, 2010)
(APN) ATLANTA–On January 28, 2010, state legislators, and advocates from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Southeast Region, and other groups held a press conference at the State Capitol to introduce a resolution to protect Georgia children from abusive military recruiting.
The legislation, HR 1219, was authored by State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, who represents District 85 in DeKalb County. Ten co-sponsors have signed on to the House resolution, including State Reps. Alisha Thomas Morgan, Michelle Henson, Karla Drenner, Kathy Ashe, and Simone Bell.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act, passed by US Congress in 2001, requires schools–among other things–to disclose 11th and 12th grade students’ records to military recruiters or lose their federal funding. Peace activists sometimes refer to this act as “No Child Left Un-Recruited.”
“As a parent, it is necessary that school children aren’t contacted by military recruiters without the parents’ knowledge and consent,” State Rep. Benfield told Atlanta Progressive News.
“To join the Armed Services is a major life-changing decision that requires parental involvement. Our school system needs to be more uniform and pro-active to give parents information up-front, regarding opt-out forms that prohibit schools from disclosing students’ records to military recruiters,” Benfield said.
“Parents are often left out of the current opt-out process.”
Specifically, the bill would do three things according to its text. First it would “Cease all current and future programs and activities designed to recruit children under the age of 17, including but not limited to military schools and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery testing.”
Second, the bill would require that “When instituting military-related programs and activities such as military schools and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery testing for children ages 17 or older, Georgia schools do so only upon written consent from participating students’ parents or legal guardians obtained after fully informing the students and their parents or legal guardians about the military nature of the programs or activities, the fact that participation in such is completely voluntary, and the duties generally involved in military service.”
Third, the bill would require schools to “Begin to actively provide students and parents with exemption forms and information regarding exemption forms that would prohibit the students’ schools from disclosing students’ records to military recruiters as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.”
AFSC first learned about the US military’s plan to greatly expand the militarization of US public schools in 2008 from a letter leaked to their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office.
ARMY SHORT OF RECRUITMENT GOALS The military has two months to make up the 14 percent difference. [USA Today]
- What Military Recruiters Don’t Tell You (answers.com)
- UNICEF reports recruitment of child soldiers in Central African Republic (jurist.org)
- Generations of Resistance to War (dissidentvoice.org)
- The March of the Private Armies (phantomreport.com)
- Military recruiter charged in rape (mysanantonio.com)
- UN concerned over child soldier rise in CAR (aljazeera.com)