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 […]

Military using creative recruiting

BRODIE HOLLAND

High School junior Todd Brodie, right, talks with U.S. Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Toby Holland on Oct. 18, in Marion, Iowa. (AP photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A recent graduate of both Clovis High School and Marine boot camp is back in Clovis for a short stint as recruiter himself. Marine Pfc. Mathew […]

Recruiters gain ground despite war

Tom Philpott Military recruiting is weathering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an improving economy, with surprising strength, said Dr. Curtis Gilroy, the Defense Department’s director of recruiting policy. The 2003 recruiting year did have some disappointments. The active Army again recruited fewer high school graduates than needed to meet a standard quality target. The […]