Order aims to protect troops from predatory school recruiters

An executive order signed by President Obama on Friday seeks to protect troops and veterans from “aggressive and deceptive” academic recruiters.

The order cites examples of institutions targeting veterans with serious brain injuries and emotional vulnerabilities without providing academic support and counseling. Vets have been encouraged to take out costly loans instead of federal student loans by -- sometimes for-profit -- institutions that fail to disclose their own, often lacking, merits.

Speaking to troops at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga., Obama said the order “will make life a whole lot more secure for you and your families and our veterans -- and a whole lot tougher for those who try to prey on you.”

The initiative requires colleges that recruit military service members, veterans and their families to provide clear information about their qualifications as academic institutions and their financial aid offerings. “You’ll be able to get a simple fact sheet called ‘Know Before You Owe,’” Obama said.

Obama also said the initiative will require schools to offer more counseling and to accommodate active-duty students who have to move because of a deployment or reassignment.

It also requires the Defense Department to set stricter rules on how educational institutions can gain access to military installations to keep away recruiters from unqualified and deceptive schools.

“We’re going to bring an end to the aggressive -- and sometimes dishonest -- recruiting that takes place,” Obama said.

New rules will also apply to online recruiting practices and establish a complaint system for current students or recruitment targets. “Currently, when military and veteran students feel that their school has acted fraudulently, they have no centralized system to file complaints,” a White House announcement said.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by eSignLive by VASCO

    Mobile E-Signatures for Government

    Learn 5 key trends that accelerate government demand for mobile signing.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Management Concepts

    SPONSORED: Successful Change Management Practices in the Public Sector

    How governmental agencies implement organizational change management.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Kronos

    Solving the Workforce Compliance Challenge

    Download this eBook to learn how data and automation can help state and local agencies.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.