Solomon Amendment

The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education to provide student recruitment information for all students who are at least seventeen (17) years of age and enrolled for at least one credit hour at their institution to military recruiters. The Department of Education has determined that the Solomon Amendment supersedes FERPA and even if a university has a policy of not releasing student directory information it is obligated to comply with requests for “student recruiting information”.

At the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa student recruiting information includes the following:

  • Name
  • Address (local and/or permanent)
  • Telephone (local and/or permanent)
  • Email
  • Age
  • Major
  • Level (i.e.: freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, etc.)

Information released will be for the current semester. If the request is received between semesters, the information will be for the upcoming semester.

Under the Solomon Amendment, information will be released for military requirement purposes only. Military recruiters may request student recruitment information once each semester for each of the 12 units within the five branches of 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

Procedure for Requesting Student Recruiting Information

Requests for “student recruiting information” can be made in writing on letterhead or via email ( to the University Registrar, clearly identifying the unit of service requesting the student requirement information.