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Think carefully before filling out military survey for young people

May 8, 2014 - Misti Bolte, Riverton

Editor:

To all parents with children between the ages of 16 and 24: My daughter recently received a survey addressed to her, along with $2 in the mail requesting her response. The survey was from JAMRS. It came with a promise to send her an additional $5 upon completion.

I was curious what JAMRS was, so I Googled it. JAMRS stands for Joint Advertising, Marketing Research & Studies, which is a database funded by the Department of Defense for military recruitment purposes. The survey itself contains personal questions about current employment, age, gender, ethnicity, school grade point average, future plans, personal health information such as height, weight, physical condition, and past health issues, birthdate, e-mail address, and an extensive section on opinions, considerations and knowledge of the U.S. military.

The purposes for which this type of information is gathered on our children are questionable at best. l highly caution your children on completing and returning this survey.

There are a number of informative websites you can access for yourself to find out what this company and survey is all about.

The good news is the survey is optional, and you can opt-out of the JAMRS recruiting database. Just go to and print off the appropriate opt-out forms.

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