Those serving today will be able to look back with pride at what they have contributed. They are serving this country; they are preserving peace and freedom in this country. They are part of something that is bigger than themselves. They have freed 50 million people; they are improving the quality of life for the ordinary Iraqi and Afghan citizen.
Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army
Army Recruiting Initiatives
Recent Army recruiting problems don't constitute a crisis and a number of initiatives are being implemented to bring recruiting numbers up.
The active-duty Army recruiting goal of 80,000 soldiers in 2005 is the highest it's been in five years.
The Army has implemented several initiatives to improve recruiting:
- The first initiative, which has already been completed, was to increase active-duty recruiters by 25 percent.
- A new automated benefit tool is being developed for recruiters, which compares a military career with a civilian career, taking into account benefits and other factors.
- Army officials are working with Congress to increase the maximum amount for an initial recruitment incentive. Only individuals enlisting into certain military occupational specialties would be eligible for the maximum amount.
- $1,000 "finder's fee," which rewards soldiers for recommending potential recruits, and the Army Home Mortgage Program, which may offer soldiers down payments for homes.
- "Call to Duty" program brings Army leaders, congressmen, veterans organizations, and civilian leaders associated with the Army to local venues to speak about the nobility of service.
- Soldiers who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan are being teamed with recruiters nationwide.
- A strong belief in the value of military service is what keeps people enlisting and re-enlisting in the Army. Those serving today will be able to look back with pride at what they have contributed.
-This Sunday, the NFL will remember 9/11. The West Point Band will perform at the NY Giants half-time ceremony involving all NYC first responders: military, FDNY, NYPD, PA of NY/NJ and paramedics.
- Army-sponsored NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek at the Richmond International Raceway. For information, call:(502) 626-0987.