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Recruiters Have Easier Time Enlisting Young Men and Women

Aired 5/28/12 on KPBS News.

A high unemployment rate is making it a bit easier for recruiters to attract young men and women to the military.

It’s a busy time of year at the US Army recruiting center in Sacramento as many potential candidates graduate high school.

This year, Army recruiters said they can be more selective about whom they recruit. Captain James Grymes is a Company Commander. He said part of the reason is a twelve percent unemployment rate.

"We have a conflict overseas that’s drawing down, coupled with an unemployment rate it really does provide us with the opportunity to focus on the best qualified people.”

Grymes said his company enlists thirty to fifty young men and women a month from the Sacramento area. But he said fewer than one in four candidates qualifies for the Army.

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