FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The chief of staff of the Army has tasked operational units to support the Army's end-strength increase by way of an Every Soldier is a Recruiter initiative.

Gen. Mark Milley has directed units from all across the Army to provide Soldiers for the Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program and the Special Recruiting Assistance Program for the duration of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

The Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program, which was already in place, is being expanded, so new Soldiers graduating from One Station Unit Training and Advanced Individual Training can go back to their hometowns for two weeks to discuss their experiences and encourage young people they know to consider service.

The Special Recruiting Assistance Program, which begins this week, will bring a total of 3,000 Soldiers to recruiting stations across the nation. Each Soldier will spend 30 days supporting local outreach efforts to create awareness of the Army lifestyle and career opportunities in an area whey they have lived, worked or have a significant personal tie.

"About 50 percent of youth today admit to knowing little about their own nation's military and even struggle with naming all the services," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting. "Having more Soldiers on board to tell their Army stories can help us narrow that growing knowledge gap and give young Americans a chance to connect with Soldiers on a personal level."

The 3,000 participants will be broken down into three 30-day waves of 1,000 Soldiers beginning on June 20, July 20 and August 20.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command has established a control center to support Soldiers participating in the SRAP to ensure they have a resource to assist them with location selection and creating travel orders.