Military Recruitment Numbers Up Nationwide

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The number of people enlisting in the United States military is skyrocketing.

Each branch has consistently met or exceeded their goals.

The u-s military is seeing a spike in their enlistment numbers.

“A lot of people just want a change a lot of people come in say hey I just been doing this for so many years I want to do something different,”

Staff sergeant Bilaal Porter works at the armed forces careers center in Dothan.

He says the biggest selling point for new recruits is money for school.

“The second thing more or less is people like to travel, who doesn't like to travel?
I've been to Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, the list goes on,” said Porter

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, from October 1st, 2008 to the end of August in 2009, the Army signed up more than 63,000 active duty soldiers nationwide.

In that same time, more than 32,500 joined the Navy while more than 29,000 enlisted in the Air Force and Marines.

The Army surpassed their quota by more than 4,000 recruits.

The Navy hit theirs dead on; The Air Force signed up more people than they had expected and the Marine Corps exceeded their goal by almost 5,000 enlistees.

“Each person that comes in has individual reasons because we have people whose parents can pay for any school they want to go to but they may be looking for adventure.,”

Staff sergeant porter says while the down economy may play a role in the jump in's not that significant.

“We have a few people who may be like that maybe a job layoff here and there but a lot of people actually join hey I worked this let me find something new to do,”

Word of mouth doesn't hurt either.

“So a lot of times when they come back home and their friends see them and see the change they just man I want to do that too,” said Porter.

The U.S. military reserves are also doing very well with each branch nearly hitting almost 100% of their quota.

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