Coffee and Dale counties are among the top in Alabama, with the highest number of Army recruits.
With averages of about 15-percent, they also fall into the top 20 highest recruiting counties in the entire country.
To be or not to be all that you can be? That could be the question, and the answer in the Wiregrass is evident.
"For this area, we do a lot more than the other areas, and we end up helping out the other areas as far as making our mission,” says Commander Emmanuel Bryant, a U.S. Army recruiter.
The number of Army recruits in Alabama is very high in Coffee and Dale counties. Dale County is number one with a recruiting rate of 15.34 percent.
Coffee County comes in third and Houston is number 12.
These numbers come from 2004-2007 and include active Army, Army Reserves, and the National Guard.
So, what makes Wiregrass citizens so eager to serve Uncle Sam?
"Influence from Fort Rucker; a lot of people have family members, cousins, aunts, uncles, who have served, done aviation, and those family members influence their decision and make them want to join the Army," says Bryant.
Experts say another reason why our recruiting rates may be on the rise is because of our struggling economy.
“People really need jobs and the Army they know is a guaranteed paycheck. So, they come to us and they know they are going to get these benefits and they know they are not going to get laid off or fired or anything like that."
Also nearby, Calhoun and Jackson counties are both in the top three highest percentiles in the state of Florida.
The Army recruiting station in Dothan has moved from West Main Street to a new plaza on Montgomery Highway.
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