Military Recruiter Access

Legal References Per Recruiter Access Issue (002)

To ensure compliance with federal law regarding access of military recruiters to student contact information, all school districts that receive funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) must provide student’s names, addresses, and telephone listings to military recruiters unless the student’s parents or guardians have individually opted out of providing this information.  Local education authorities cannot adopt a “blanket” opt-out policy.  Attached you will find the legal citations for this requirement.

The opt-out form is located in MCAPS in the MDE Document Library  (MCAPS>MDE Document Library>Military Recruiter/IHL Opt-Out Form for High School Students).

In addition, please be mindful that schools are to allow recruiters from the various branches of service equitable access to classrooms and/or facilities. School districts are directed to allow equal access and accommodation to all branches of services in accordance with a consistent application of their local policies.  Students interested in joining the military after high school should be allowed to receive information from all branches of service so they can make an intelligent decision if they are considering joining the military.

Please share this information with the principals and counselors in your high schools to assure that your district is in compliance with Federal law.  If you have questions, please email Maj. Ed Butler at