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Record Number of Los Angeles Asians Joining Army

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Nov 19, 2009

LOS ANGELESThe number of Asian Americans joining the U.S. army in the Greater Los Angeles area has increased 80 percent over the past six years, reports the Sing Tao Daily. The number of Asian Americans entering the army through the Los Angeles recruiting station increased from 284 people in 2003 to 510 people this year. That number does not include Pacific Islanders. Col. Somport Jongwatana, commander with the Los Angeles army recruitment station, said that part of the reason is that military benefits and wages have become more attractive to young people during the recession. The U.S. army has also strengthened its recruiting efforts in Los Angeles Asian communities.

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