ASVAB Campaign

Peace Action Montgomery with Governor O'Malley as he signs the 1st U.S. law barring automatic release of ASVAB scores to the military.

On April 14, 2010, Peace Action Montgomery achieved an important victory in our ongoing counter recruitment efforts with the passage of a law that prohibits the automatic release of student information to military recruiters gathered as a result of the administration of a military test in the state’s high schools.

These limits on the military’s use of information gathered by this test, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), are the result of a several-year campaign by Peace Action Montgomery and its coalition partners. The Maryland Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, which included Peace Action Montgomery, the Maryland NAACP, MD-PTA, the ACLU-MD, and Progressive Maryland, lobbied for the passage of the bill.

The law (HB 176/SB778) prohibits each public school that administers the ASVAB  from releasing any student information to military recruiters, a common practice across the country. Instead, the decision to share test results and accompanying private information with military recruiters rests solely in the hands of students and–if under 18–their parents. Maryland is the first state to pass such a law.

The challenge lies now in enforcing the law and helping other states pass similar legislation. For more information on this campaign or to start your own, please contact us at info@peaceactionmc.org.

This post borrows heavily from “Maryland Prohibits Automatic Release of Student Info to Military” by Jean Athey. Read the entire article here.