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The United States ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) in 2002. Article 3.3 of OPAC states recruitment practices involving minors should be voluntary. Forced military testing in American public schools for recruitment purposes without parental consent violates the treaty.
In late 2012 the Obama Administration denied the mandatory nature of the testing regime. The US replied to the U.N. Committee on the Right of the Child, "Participation in the ASVAB CEP is entirely voluntary. DOD does not require schools to participate, nor does it require schools to test all students within a participating school."
Child Soldiers International is concerned by a range of recruitment policies and practices that undermine
the safeguards contained in article 3.3 of OPAC, in particular with regards to the voluntary nature of
underage recruitment, the right to privacy of children and the requirement of prior consent of parents (or
Child Soldiers International is also concerned by the extensive access to schools and students’
information by the US military, which suggests that the US government is pursuing the active recruitment
U.N. calls on U.S. to
ensure voluntary nature of military testing in the high schools