Skip To ContentSkip To Content

    Military Recruiting

    After graduation from high school, students are faced with several options. Joining a branch of the armed forces is one of the options students have. Another is to go to a two-year or four-year college or university. Other students enroll in vocational or apprentice programs or go directly to work.

    Recruiters for the military, post-secondary educational institutions, and prospective employers all share the same access to high school students. Section 9528 of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 sets forth the legal expectations of public schools with regard to military recruiters' access to students.

    Seattle School District Policy Numbers 4200, 4200SP.A, and 4200SP.B describe the district's expectations with regard to military recruiting. This policy states that each high school shall publish Recruiter Rules, which explain the specific expectations for recruiters on campus. The policy also calls for the district website to include counter-military recruiting information.

    Access to Student Recruiting Information

    The district must provide access to students' names, addresses and telephone listings (“directory information”), upon request, to military recruiters unless the parent/guardian or student over the age of eighteen (“eligible student”) has requested that this information not be released.

    Each fall, families receive the Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Opt-Out Form (“Opt-Out Form”). Using this form, parents/guardians and eligible students may ask that the district NOT to release the individual student's name, address, and telephone listing to the military.

    Student name, address, and telephone number will not be disclosed to the military if parents / eligible students return a signed Opt-Out Form by October 1, indicating that they do not want their directory information released to the military.

    Please note, if the form is not returned by October 1, it is presumed that directory information can be disclosed without parent consent until a signed Opt-Out Form is returned indicating otherwise.

    The form will remain in effect until a parent/guardian or eligible student returns a new form to the school that overrides the previous choice.

    Requests from the military are processed by Public Records in the Office of General Counsel at

    Delayed Entry Program

    Many students who enlist are signed up into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) for up to a year prior to reporting for active duty. Students can be signed up, with parent permission, before the age of 18. This way, qualifying students may be able to finish high school, for example, while at the same time reserving a position in the military following graduation.

    According to Department of Defense policy, during the time before the DEP student departs for basic training, the student can void his or her contract with the military if he or she so wishes. He or she may do so without any penalty from the military.

    Career Counselor and Military Recruiting in High Schools

    School Board Policy Numbers 4200, 4200SP.A, and 4200SP.B call for the district to include "counter recruitment" information on its website. The document Career Counselors and Military Recruiting in High SchoolsPDF icon was developed by the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at Garfield High School to provide families with counter recruitment information.

    Contact Us

    Requests from the military and colleges are processed by the Public Records in the Office of General Counsel.