PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3)
A simulated flight on an apache helicopter is just one of the many
interactive experiences offered at The Army Experience Center in The
Franklin Mills Mall. It's a place where people of all ages can
virtually learn everything about the military, from where the bases
are to a variety of military career options.
There's a touch screen there which can help you navigate through a
list of specialties from electrician to radiologist. Most fields are
the same as civilian careers. Recruiters say only 20 percent of the
jobs they need filled are for combat.
"We always look for highly educated people to join the army," said
Sgt. First Class Angel Espada.
Some recruiters have reported that enrollment went up after
employment nationwide went down.
"Potentially we try to match you with your job experience in the
civilian sector with some career opportunities inside the army,"
explained Al flood, the director of The Army Experience Center.
The pay and benefits are great. The more you serve, the more you get.
But, there's a reason shoot 'em up action games abound here.
Recruiters say even if you want to join the military as a nurse or
administrative assistant, you're going to have to learn how to
operate a gun, because learning how to defend yourself is part of the
"Anybody who joins the army today needs to understand there is a
chance that they could be deployed," said Flood.