Solomon Amendment | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Solomon Amendment

Solomon Amendment is a federal law that allows military recruiters to access address, biographical and academic program information on students age 17 and older who have not filed any FERPA restrictions.

The Department of Education has determined the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of FERPA. An institution is therefore obligated to release data included in the list of “student recruiting infor­mation,” which may or may not match our FERPA directory information list.

Definition - "Student Recruitment Information" or "Solomon Information"
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Email address
  • Age
  • Academic major
Procedure for releasing information to a military recruiter:
  • Under the Solomon amendment, information will be released for military recruitment purposes only. The military recruiters may request student recruitment information once each term for each of the 12 eligible units within the five branches of the service:
    • Army: Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard
    • Navy: Navy, Navy Reserve
    • Marine Corps: Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
    • Air Force: Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard
    • Coast Guard: Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
  • Per college procedure, attach your Solomon Act request, detailed on official U.S. Military letterhead, to an email and send it to irFREEWESTMORELAND.  Your request should include the following:
    • Identify the group of students you're interested in (currently enrolled, enrolled last semester, etc.)
    • List the demographics being requested. Normally, this includes students' first and last names, mailing and email addresses, phone number. If there is a specific age range you're looking for, that information should be included as well.