With military recruitment in the USA down according to a many media reports (although some claim the opposite, i.e. TCV News), the battle about recruitment at high schools and universities identifies. Several universities dropped their opposition to military recruiters on the campus due to the risk of losing federal funding. Harvard Law School lifted its ban, which had only been introduced the year before, as reported by DailyPennsylvanian.com on 30 September. Those universities which attempt to ban military recruiters from the campus do so based on their anti-discrimination policy, especially citing the US military's discrimination of gays and lesbians, as expressed by its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy towards gays and lesbians.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a "friend-of-the-court brief" on 21 September, urging the US Supreme Court to rule that is is unconstitutional for the US Congress to force universities with an anti-discrimination policy to accept military recruiters on their campus.
On the ground, anti-recruitment activists face more problems than before. On 26 September, two anti-recruitment protesters were arrested in San Diego for blocking the entrance to military recruitment offices in downtown San Diego. Only a few days later, a student was violently arrested at George Mason University for standing four feet from a US Marine recruiter's table with a sign pinned to his shirt stating "Recruiters lie, don't be deceived." On the same day, campus police assaulted students peacefully protesting against the presence of Army National Guard recruiters at Holyoke Community College.