MISSION VIEJO, Calif., , March 24, 2020 —
All Southern California U.S. Army recruiting stations are connecting with the public digitally to limit in-person contact.
Recruiters remain accessible to those interested in a career with the U.S. Army through text, phone calls, direct messages or video chat, rather than face-to-face.
“We are very confident in our ability to operate in the virtual space, as it has become a primary method of talking to potential Soldiers in recent years,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s commanding general. “While face-to-face discussions are valuable when discussing options to serve in the U.S. Army, we are able to work around that, if necessary. Right now, I think that is necessary for the health and safety of our force and those around them.”
In accordance with California specific safety requirements, processing and shipping Soldiers has paused, though identifying and working with applicants is very much active. Future Soldiers are still preparing to ship to training bases. Shipping will resume as soon as is possible within safety constraints.
“Our most important mission is the health and safety of our Soldiers, our Future Soldiers and their families,” said Lt. Col. John Bleigh, battalion commander of U.S. Army Southern California Recruiting. “Within those safety requirements, there is still a lot of work we can do by relying on our Soldiers, who are all digital natives, to recruit in that space.”
Army leaders have implemented force protection measures across all U.S. Army training centers to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is dedicated to meeting critical mission requirements while safeguarding the health and wellness of recruiters, recruits, cadre and their families.
For more information on Army Careers available during the COVID-19 outbreak, text: ALA0 to GOARMY (462769).