FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Fort Bragg military leaders welcomed more than 600 local high school and college students from across Central North Carolina to participate in a “ Meet Your Army Day,” Sept. 15, 2022, allowing potential recruits the chance to learn about various opportunities the Army has to offer. The event was organized by the XVIII Airborne Corps and U.S. Army Recruiting North Carolina (Raleigh) Battalion, giving students the ability to talk with Soldiers and learn about their Army story.
“I actually feel better about the Army now because I get to interact with all these people [Soldiers] and see what they're doing,” said Ashley Fuentes, a student from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. “My image of the Army used to be very vague, but it now has gotten much clearer and I really like that.”
During the event, students were able to have hands-on experience with various types of weapon systems, put on military parachutes, sit inside combat vehicles and learn about numerous pieces of military equipment. They were also able to see unique jobs such as the military police dog handler and observe helicopter demonstrations throughout the day.
One of the main concerns for some of the students considering enlisting in the military was the typical hardships that may come with joining the Army, to include the training, being away from home and potentially being placed in difficult environments. The Soldiers taking part in the event understood those concerns, but they motivated the students to challenge themselves and informed them of the benefits of military service.
“One of the biggest things I’d like these kids to know is that hard does not mean impossible,” said Maj. Gregory Archbold, 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade protection officer. “The Army has a place for you and it’ll change your life.”
Currently, the U.S. Army is offering eligible, full-time recruits a combination of bonuses totaling up to $50,000. The maximum bonus for a three, four, five, or six-year contract is based on periodic updates and is subject to change. More information about Army opportunities and enlistment details is available at www.goarmy.com
Army leaders are encouraging active-duty Soldiers to share their stories to bridge the knowledge gap with the American public.
“I encourage Soldiers to share their Army stories,” said 1st Sgt. Lissette Callahan, Fayetteville Recruiting Company. “Let’s talk about the different jobs, training opportunities and educational benefits we can provide. Let’s connect America to its Army.”