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News | June 30, 2022

Soldiers share stories of answering ‘call to service’ during USAREC campaign

By Capt. Memory Strickland USAREC Public Affairs

In response to an everchanging recruiting environment, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command is launching Operation Call to Service, a focused effort on reconnecting with communities in-person after relying heavily on digital recruiting methods during the COVID-19 era. 

During the campaign, July 5 to 31, recruiting noncommissioned officers from across the country will attend career fairs and other in-person events to share their stories of why they answered the call to service and what opportunities the Army offers.  

“Recruiting in the current environment is a challenge, and we have positions we need to fill right now,” said Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command. “Currently, 75% of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 admit they know little about the Army culture, this creates a challenge for building our force for future generations.”

The Call to Service campaign gives recruiting NCOs the ability to meet members of their communities and increase awareness of the Army and its benefits.  

Currently, the Army offers competitive benefits including 30 days of vacation a year, comprehensive health care, and up to $4,000 per year in tuition assistance for continued education.

The Army also offers enlistment contracts ranging from two to six years, so potential recruits can decide what best fits their life plans. Currently, new recruits can earn up to $50,000 in enlistment bonuses and recruits who are able to ship to basic training within 45 days of signing a contract can earn up to a $35,000 sign on bonus.

The Army offers a wide range of career options, allowing Soldiers the opportunity to choose careers that align with their passions, whether they’re interested in STEM, service, design, academics, exploration, adventure or leadership. Soldiers receive valuable training and experience in their career field of choice that will transfer to a civilian career after service.

Individuals can learn more about Army career options and the benefits of the military service at www.goarmy.com.

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