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High Unemployment is Leading to Boom in Military Recruitment

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Aired 4/14/09

How is the nation's economic downturn, and the high rate of unemployment affecting military recruiting in the United States? As part of our series, Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's Economy, we speak with reporter Alison St. John about how the poor job market is affecting recruiting and retention in our nation's military.

Maureen Cavanaugh: In the middle of the deepest recession to hit America in decades, many young people are facing fewer and more unpleasant choices. Jobs are scarce, state colleges are cutting back on admissions, and city and state agencies are shutting down opportunities in civil service employment. So what's a young man or woman to do? Some seem to think the answer is to join the military.

As part of the KPBS series Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's Economy, reporter Alison St. John talked with Marine, Navy and Army recruiters in San Diego, and found they're all experiencing a recession bounce.

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Alison St. John, senior metro reporter for KPBS News.

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