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Recession or Patriotism? College Grads Turn to the Military

Many newspapers have been reporting lately about the influx of college grads looking to join the military. Army Sgt. William Maldonado, a recruiter from Massachusetts says: “It’s not 18-year-olds fresh out of high school joining the military. More often, people 20-25 years old are signing up.” It seems as if the recession has opened the gate to exploration of military as a viable career option for recent college grads. Most of the individuals interviewed talk about how they had no idea about the opportunities that they can take advantage of and that they would be presented with. Defraying costs of education and a guaranteed paycheck seemed to be the points that draw the potential recruits in. Once they learned more about the opportunities they actually started to realize that they could be doing their dream jobs while serving their country.

Although the recession is driving the traffic to the doors of recruiters it seems as if the actual benefits and opportunities are the reasons why more and more individuals are signing up and doing so with enthusiasm. Whatever brings the potential recruits to hear about what is available to them is helpful to the military. The fact that those enlisting are feeling good about their decisions and excited for what is ahead tends to mean that it was lack of information in the first place that didn’t have them thinking about the military in the first place. While recession has helped attract some of the highest caliber talent, what will happen when the economy gets better? Will there be the same allure about serving ones country and being open to listening about the opportunities? That is something that won’t be completely answered until it happens; however, typically, military recruitment does very well during a recession and becomes harder when the economy is booming. It is hopefully during this time that the military is preparing how to best target the 17-24 demographic and figuring out how to best present the information that they are responding to favorably in the way that they will get it and be affected by it.

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3 comments on “Recession or Patriotism? College Grads Turn to the Military

  1. Ian Chambers
    March 4, 2010

    Meeting recruiting goals is extremely important to the services, but retaining the right servicemember trumphs these goals. More interest allows the services to more selectively screen recruits and train individuals more likely to thrive in the military. With the difficulties of obesity, education, and physical fitness being so prevalent in the 17-24 age group very few recruits meet the required standards.

  2. majastevanovich
    March 4, 2010

    You bring up great points. I believe there will be a challenge once the economy picks up of bringing in those same numbers of potential recruits to screen from. If time is spent looking at innovative ways to connect to the 17-24 demographic, hopefully it will not be an issue.

  3. Glenn Mark Cassel
    April 19, 2010

    I enlisted in September of 1973. Fifteen months after graduating from high school. The Class of 1972 was the last one to participate fully in the draft. It was not as large as previous ones.
    But the “Nixon Recession” was in effect. I had a job, lived at home, no sweat. Went into the Navy anyway. My hometown is one of those places it is nice to be from. And I wanted to go to sea.
    Dad had been a soldier. Korea and Quemoy. And Vietnam before we were “in” Vietnam.
    Multiple reasons as anyone could have. When I got to San Diego, there were almost 600 of us that showed up the last weekend of that September. Including a guy in his mid thirties. Most of us were in the 18 to 21 bracket. We were young once.

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