Military recruiters march back into Oregon high schools
BY Advocate.com Editors
September 19 2002 12:00 AM ET
After a six-year absence, military recruiters again have access to high schools in Portland, Ore. Like many educational institutions around the country, Portland schools had barred military recruiters because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which discriminates against gay people. Now, under a sweeping federal law that requires high schools to give military recruiters the same access to their buildings that they give to business employers and colleges, Portland high schools are letting military recruiters back on campus. School districts are also required to give recruiters a list of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all high school students. Those that don't can lose federal funds.
At Portland's Wilson High School, recruiters on Tuesday laid out posters and brochures, free mirrored compacts and calendars, and made their pitch. Air Force staff sergeant Caleb Westfall and Capt. Kenneth Clark spoke with five students about the benefits of ROTC scholarships, which can be worth up to $100,000. "And you'll get to work with high-caliber people in the Air Force," Westfall said. "You don't see a lot of Enron-like behavior. People are professional, have integrity."
Reaction to the return of recruiters to Portland schools has been mixed. Madison High School counselor David Colton backed the military ban. "I can't in good conscience support such a discriminating institution," he said, adding that he thinks recruiting tactics can be too aggressive or outright dishonest.
- Op-ed: In Defense of Looking
- Far-Right Minister: Gays Responsible for Ukraine Crisis
- The Striking Muxe: Mexico's Third Gender
- Op-ed: What People Don't Get About Dismay Over Jared Leto
- Gay Tenn. 12-Year-Old Still Fighting the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill He Helped Kill
- WATCH: Honey Maid's Newest Commercial Features Gay Families
- HIV & AIDS Why Are a Higher Percentage of Native Americans Dying from AIDS Complications Than Any Other Group? 20 min 14 sec ago
- Arts & Entertainment Lorde Is Not Having Your Stupid Lesbian Joke 45 min 50 sec ago
- Commentary Op-ed: In Defense of Looking 2 hours 30 min ago
- Current Issue Truly Social Networking 6:01 AM
- Seat Filler 5 Must-See Shows: What's Gay Off-Broadway 5:00 AM
- Media Chicago Monthly Paper Threatens to Out Aldermen March 11 2014 8:40 PM
- Travel VIDEO: George Takei at Austin's SXSW Festival March 11 2014 7:17 PM