FORT KNOX, Ky. –
U.S. Army Recruiting Command is gearing up for high school graduation season with stoles for Future Soldiers who will be shipping to training this summer.
The headquarters has purchased and shipped 12,000 graduation stoles across the country to show support for the seniors who have made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Army or U.S. Army Reserve after they finish high school. On average, about 19 percent of new recruits are graduating seniors.
“We are so proud of our graduating seniors, and we want to be sure they are recognized for their decision to serve our nation,” said Brig. Gen. John Cushing, USAREC deputy commanding general – operations. “It is important to highlight those who have chosen the military path, just as other graduates are recognized for the college or university they will be attending.”
Each of the five enlisted recruiting brigades has received 2,400 stoles and will distribute them to recruiting stations for their graduating Future Soldiers.
“These Future Soldiers are preparing to join the Army team as helicopter mechanics, engineers, military police and so many other careers,” Cushing said. “They will be trained as experts in their field and offered many opportunities to further their education and develop leadership skills along the way. I can’t wait to see them proudly wearing the stoles and then the uniform!”