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Uniformed U.S. Army Officers lunch with students in elementary school cafeterias.

Army training programs including rifle and pistol instruction replace physical education in middle schools. As never before, military recruiters are entering the halls of U.S. schools with unchecked access in an attempt to bolster a military in crisis.

However, even as these destructive efforts to militarize youth accelerate, so do the creative and powerful efforts of students, community members, and veterans to challenge them. Today, the counter-recruitment movement—from counseling to poetry slams to citywide lobbying efforts—has become one of the most practical ways to tangibly resist U.S. policy that cuts funding for education and social programs while promoting war and occupation. Without enough soldiers, the U.S. cannot sustain its empire.

Aimee Allison and David Solnit's Army of None exposes the real story behind the military-recruitment complex, and offers guides, tools, and resources for education and action, and people power strategies to win.

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Army Of None is a direct challenge to the militarization of American youth. It's a toolkit, a practical how-to manual, for the emerging politics of non-cooperation and direct action. Army Of None is published at a pivotal moment in the peace movement.”

Army of None is a manual for opponents of the Iraq war who want to cut off its supply of cannon fodder.”

After serving four years as a combat medic in the Army Reserves, Aimee Allison earned an honorable discharge as a Conscientious Objector during the Persian Gulf War. She has served on the steering committee of San Francisco’s College Not Combat Initiative and authored Army of None with David Solnit. She lives in Oakland.

Anti-war, global justice, and arts organizer David Solnit acted as one of the main organizers in the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999 and in the 2003 protests in San Francisco that took place the day after the invasion of Iraq. Solnit is the editor of Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World. He lives in the California Bay Area.