After reading the article "Moms aim to keep info on kids from recruiters" (Clarion, Oct. 19), I felt the public should know a little bit more about why it is important for recruiters to have access to students.
The United States has had an all-volunteer military since July 1, 1973. The goal of Army recruiters is to recruit an educated, highly sophisticated and well-trained force to defend our nation and win our nation's wars.
Because the Army seeks new soldiers who have a high school diploma or better, recruiter visits to schools and school directory information are critical to our recruiters' efforts.
Army recruiters want to ensure that every high school student is aware of the career and training opportunities we have to offer. By obtaining student lists, the local recruiter has the opportunity to make contact with students, discuss their goals and encourage students to stay in school and graduate. Recruiters can then identify and follow up with those students interested in pursuing the military as a career option.
Army recruiters also visit schools to inform educators on the services and programs the military has to offer to all students. Examples include the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which is a comprehensive career exploration program for students, and the March2Success program, a recently developed Web-based tutorial program designed to help students improve their testing skills. Both programs are offered at no cost.
The continued success of the all-volunteer military depends on our recruiters' ability to speak with students and educators. Our recruiters need the same access to students as employers and institutions of higher education, so that students and educators are informed that military service is a viable career option.
Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion.
SSG Steven P. Woods, US Army Recruiting, Soldotna Recruiting Station
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