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Truth and Military Recruitment, Speaker Events

Published: June 16, 2021


Join Kate Connell and the Board of Western Friend in a conversation about:

Truth and Military Recruitment

Kate Connell, member of Santa Barbara Friends Meeting and the founding director of Truth in Recruitment, will share the history and current reality of military recruitment practices targeting young people in the United States. She will also discuss the impending requirement for women to register for a military draft which is included in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Join us either or both of these times:
Saturday, November 13, 2021
90 minutes beginning
3:00 PM Pacific = 4:00 PM Mountain
Click here for the event on Saturday, November 13.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
90 minutes beginning
6:00 PM Pacific = 7:00 PM Mountain
Click here for the event on Wednesday, November 17.

Click here to learn more about the organization, "Truth in Recruitment."
Click here for a packet of resource materials concerning military recruitment.


Kate Connell is the founding director of Truth in Recruitment as well as the parent of two students who have graduated from Santa Barbara schools. She is a member of the Santa Barbara Friends Meeting and the Western Friend board of directors. Along with other parents, students, veterans and community members, she successfully led the effort to implement a recruiter policy in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. The policy includes these guidelines: recruiters are limited to 2 visits a year with no more than 3 recruiters at a time; no solicitation of student contact information directly from students; no simulated weapons displays; a requirement that an opt out form barring release of student directory information be distributed; no disruption of normal school activities such as recruiting during class-time.

She has served as a military counselor for personnel who sought discharge from the military and is trained as a draft counselor. She is a resource for information on alternatives to military careers, on students’ and families’ privacy rights, mandatory registration for the military draft, and an advocate for school policies regulating recruiter access to students.

from Nancy Marshall and Molly Wingate, Western Friend Board of Directors