Padgett adds to soccer recruiting class

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Todd Padgett has added all-state forward Alysia Carrasco of La Cueva to a large recruiting class. Carrasco was La Cueva’s leading scorer in her senior season. “Alysia is very gifted technically and, because of her individual attributes, will fit into the way we […]

GI Bill attracting quality recruits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military recruiting commands report “some all-time highs” in the quality of recruits who enlisted in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Acknowledging that the dismal job market is a factor, and that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming a great tool to draw volunteers, the Army, Navy, Air Force […]

Judge rules Isler can coach rest of season

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Hobbs News-Sun: Kimberly Ryan J.D. Isler returned to the sidelines in Hobbs after a federal judge reinstated him for the remainder of the season. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Calling allegations against Clovis High School’s boys’ basketball coach J.D. Isler “unsubstantiated assumptions,” a federal judge has reinstated him as coach for the remainder of […]

Revised bill could boost recruiting

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The quality and number of American youth drawn to military service should climb soon because of enhanced education benefits to be provided under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, say Pentagon recruiting experts. “It is a very attractive incentive package, there’s no question about that. So individuals will be very interested […]

Army recruiting standards drop to meet goals

By Freedom New Mexico The United States Army is proud it has met its goals in the first month of its five-year recruiting plan. But the remaining 59-month effort to find 65,000 new soldiers might not be going as well as Army officials would like the public to believe. The Boston Globe reported last week […]

Army tries to identify suitable dropouts

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in […]

Flow of volunteers, recruitment drying up

By Tom Philpott : CNJ columnist In 1998 and again in 1999, the Army missed its recruiting goals. But the challenges then were modest compared to what the Army faces today, said Curtis Gilroy, the Defense Department’s director of recruiting policy. “And that’s primarily because of the Iraq War,’’ said Gilroy. “It’s really very, very […]

Press blamed for recruiting shortfall

By Tom Philpott Deep into a four-hour congressional hearing centered on why the active Army and its reserve components are missing recruiting goals, Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., turned a spotlight on the elephant in the room. The war in Iraq, Snyder said, is unpopular with many Americans, a fact that needs airing given the all-volunteer […]

Staffing main ER concern

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Plains Regional Medical Center officials said the emergency room handles about 36,000 patients every year. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Dressed in pink scrubs, emergency room admittance officer Traci Garcia is often the first person to greet patients at the Plains Regional Medical Center. Scanning rows of empty tan seats […]

Number of black recruits down sharply

By Tom Philpott :CNJ columnist The Army’s wartime recruiting challenge is aggravated by a sharp drop in black enlistments over the last four years, which internal Army and Defense Department polls trace to an unpopular war in Iraq and concerns among blacks with Bush administration policies. The Army strains to meet recruiting goals in part […]