Both federal and state laws require that school districts provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as post-secondary institutions and prospective employers. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, and Pennsylvania Act 10 (The Armed Forces Recruiting Act) reflect these requirements.
To ensure compliance with the collective laws, school districts are required to provide names, addresses, and telephone listings of junior and senior year students to military recruiters, when requested, unless a parent opts out of providing such information.
School districts must advise parents in writing of this obligation and give them at least 21 days to make a written request to be excluded from the list before it is made available for release (51 P.S. § 20222(a)). Parents are notified of this obligation no later than the end of the student’s junior year. Military recruiters are entitled to request and receive these lists throughout the year.
Additional information may be found in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website (www.education.pa.gov) in Basic Education Circular (BEC) Access to Secondary Students. The BEC also contains the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) information.
View or download the Military Release Exemption (PDF) for school year 2019-2020.