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More Young People Choosing the U.S. Army

La Opinin, Posted: Jan 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- In today's tough economy, the U.S. Army is seeing an increase in the number of young people who choose to enlist, reports La Opinin. Each year, about 168,000 young people are recruited into the armed forces (Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force) to replace those who are retiring. It is harder to find new recruits when there are many other jobs opportunities, and even more difficult during times of war. In 2005, two years after the Iraq war began, the Army needed 102,175 new recruits, but only managed to enlist 92,773, something that hadn't happened since 1999. The Army wasn't able to meet its quota the following year either. But in 2007 and 2008, as the economic crisis began to take hold across the country, the Army's level of recruitment surpassed its quota. In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, the Army has reached 100 percent of its recruitment quota for the first time since 2003.

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