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Hard Times Boost Military Ranks

Item: Economic rush breeds recruiting rush for military/Rick Thomas, CDA Press

More Info: The Marines are looking for lots of good men, and the job market is making it easier for them to be selective. The same is true for the Army. Both branches of the U.S. military are asking their recruiters for more volunteers, and they are finding all they need and more. “For the quarter January through March, our goal was 22,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mason II, station commander for the Army’s recruiting station in Hayden. “We have already put in 17.” A shortage of jobs has helped bring in more candidates in their 20s, Mason said.

Question: Why did you join the military? Was it a good experience?

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