Sample Letters to the Editor about the JAMRS Database

To download a sample letter to the editor, click the links below. Letters are in Word format.

Download Letter #1

[DATE]

To the Editor:

The Department of Defense's recent agreement, after a lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union, to limit its enormous database of high school students' personal information is a positive development in the ongoing struggle to protect students' right to privacy. The DoD has routinely violated students' and families' privacy by collecting and disseminating personal information widely amongst various government agencies, and this settlement will put an end to those violations. However the fact that such a database ever existed shines light on a host of aggressive and often illegal recruiting tactics aimed at students. It is crucial that students and families be made aware of their right to opt out of both the DoD's military recruitment database, as well as other information reporting mandated by No Child Left Behind. It's up to us as a community, and [name of newspaper] as an important voice in our community, to remain ever-vigilant in protecting our children against overly aggressive recruiting tactics.

[NAME]
[CITY AND STATE]

Download Letter #2

To the Editor:

The Department of Defense's recent settlement of a lawsuit, in which it was charged with maintaining an illegal database of high school students' personal information being used for recruitment purposes, requires that the DoD limit the information it collects. The settlement is a positive step in restricting heavy-handed recruiting tactics-but more remains to be done. The military has a long and shameful history of targeting students from low-income and minority communities, and even after this most recent settlement, the DoD refuses to stop collecting information about students' race and ethnicity, suggesting that it will continue to target minority students. It is crucial that students and their families understand their right to opt out of the database. I hope that [name of paper] continues to be a strong voice in the struggle to protect our community's children by informing students of their right to privacy.

[NAME]
[CITY AND STATE]