Army Recruiting Initiatives

Friday September 9, 2005

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.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

-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.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Troops urge remaining residents to leave (WP | EB)
  • Corps Battalions victory measured in Kilowatts (BG | EB)
  • Additional DC Guard arrive in LA (WT | EB)
  • 9/11 recruits four years later (USAT | EB)
  • Organizers set tight security for 9/11 Freedom Walk (WP | EB)
  • Amid danger Army Corps restore pumps to flooded basin (NYT | EB)
  • New website to help troops, familes (SAE | EB)
  • Budgets cuts for Virginia NG units (RTD | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • General aims for a diverse Iraqi Army (LAT | EB)
  • Trying to identify fighters who blend in with locals (WP | EB)
  • More S. Korean troops to be deployed to Iraq (Korea Times/EB)
  • New Weapons could be used by next year (DN | EB)
  • 1st Brigade commander meets with key Iraqi leader (ARNEWS)

OF INTEREST

  • Polk to house Louisiana Guard returning from Iraq (ARNEWS)
  • Mexican Army to assist with hurricane relief (LAT | EB)
  • Debate sparked by use of troops in disaster areas (WP | EB)
  • Marines join in recovery efforts (NYT | EB)
  • Troops aid becomes issue (NYT)
  • Iraqi troops to secure Baghdad Airport (MSNBC)
  • U.S. changes position on Cuba biological weapons (CSM)

WORLD VIEW

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

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

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