Deadline approaches for military opt-out in Horry Co. Schools

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The deadline for students in Horry County Schools to opt out of the contact list for military recruiters is Wednesday.

Schools that get federal funding are required to give 11th and 12th grade students' contact information to military recruiters when requested, according to the United States Department of Education.

This is part of the No Child Left Behind Act and The National Defense Authorization Act.

If you don't request your child's name be left off that list, their address and telephone number will passed on to recruiters.

Recruiters say that contact information is a tool used so those who want it, are able to get information they need.

"We're here to give people information about the reserves, the Montgomery GI Bill, tuition assistance programs, and how we can help them achieve the goals they want to achieve," says Sergeant First Class John Hand, Assistant Center Commander at Myrtle Beach Recruit Center.

Carvers Bay High School graduate, Joseph Brown, says he was happy to pass his information over to recruiters. He left today to join the United States Air force.

"It's an honor, it's a big thing, when I graduate from boot camp, I'm gonna be so proud of myself and I Just want to make my mom proud." says Brown.

He joined the armed forces to follow in his brother's footsteps and to make sure he has a guaranteed job with benefits.

While brown chose to receive information from military recruiters, some students might not want to.

On November 1, contact information will be released to military recruiters.

To opt out, you can fill out a form or send a written request to Horry County Schools via fax or email.

Requests for Horry County Schools are valid for one year and must be re-submitted annually

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