The Jamestown Sun
Published Friday, June 06, 2008
FARGO (AP) North Dakota Army National Guard recruiters say the
prospect of overseas duty doesn't seem to be turning away many
The state Army Guard hopes to sign 469 recruits in North Dakota by
September. As of early this week, 264 recruits had signed up.
"I think we'll get close (to the goal)," said Russ Wolf, a state
Guard recruiting specialist.
About 60 of the Guard's newest soldiers arrived this week at the
Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center to prep for summer basic training
camps across the country.
Recruiters are candid about what enlistees can expect, Wolf said.
"They flat-out tell them, 'the chances are, you will get sent
overseas,"' he said. "It really hasn't seemed to dissuade the
soldiers. They're still very willing to come forward."
Joseph Taylor of Grand Forks, one of the new recruits, said he comes
from a family with a long military tradition, and he welcomes the
challenges and rewards that come with the job.