10 Jun 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Walk inside any military recruitment center across
the Mid-South and you'll see those who want to serve our country
signing up in force.
At the Millington station Staff Sergeant Lindy John says countless
new recruits walk through her door each and every day.
John says, "A lot of people are losing their jobs right now and are
obviously looking towards military."
She says with the downed economy, the number of recruits looking for
stability and a steady check with full benefits has grown
exponentially. John says, "Its good job security you don't ever have
to worry about losing your job."
Now the standards and the rules have changed.
Having a GED is not enough to enlist; you must have a high school diploma.
John says, "Probably 7 out of 10 times they have a GED in this area
and I stop them right there and say do you have any college if not I
say I'm sorry."
It's because the Army and other military branches have reached their
goal enlistment numbers they say they have to limit the number of
John says, "It doesn't really affect the Army as a whole but as a
recruiter it does because we have to turn away a lot of people."
John says since the rules changed just two weeks ago they've had to
turn away countless potential soldiers. But she says it's all in a
move to make the Army smarter and stronger.
"If you're really wanting to join the military it's going to take a
little bit of effort," says John. "Sometimes you have to work for
what you want, but it's definitely worth it."
Along with the Army this new requirement also applies to the Navy,
Air Force and the Coast Guard.
If all you have is your GED there is a loophole. In the military's
eyes if you have at least 15 credit hours of college with your GED
you can sign up to serve.