Geary County among country's hottest spots for future soldiers
Published Thursday, July 31, 2008
Geary County, which includes Riley County, was in the news recently
after being identified in a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as
one of the nation's most fertile grounds for military recruiters.
But how did other northeast Kansas counties fare in the report?
Here's a look at the military recruiting rate in the region as
reported by the Post-Dispatch.
Of the counties with the 10 highest rates, four were home to military
The newspaper found that young people in many rural counties continue
to see the armed forces as a way to escape poverty or lack of
opportunity in their hometowns. But the presence of a major Army
installation also influences young people's decisions to enlist.
According to the Post-Dispatch's Web site, the recruiting rate refers
to the number of people per 10,000 in a county who joined the active
Army, Army Reserves or National Guard on an annual basis from 2004
The report found Geary County had the highest per-capita Army
recruiting from 2004 to 2007 among counties with a population of 1,000 or more.
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