National Guard Reports That Recruitment Numbers Are Down

By: Julie Maloney Reports
By: Julie Maloney Reports

The national guard is reporting recruitment numbers are down in October, but they say that's not because of the recent surge of violence in Iraq.

Many students say they're just more concerned about their education.

"No, I haven't considered joining the military," high school senior Zach Garrett says he hasn't thought about signing up to serve his country.

"I'd like to get a good education," Garret said.

That's because he says he's more concerned about his future education.

Sergeant Gary Curtis says he joined the national guard at age 17 and still earned his degree from Morehead State University.

"I was able to support myself on my national guard check and was able to enjoy college," Curtis said.

Curtis says right now many people only see the negative side of the military which includes violence, death, and destruction.

"It's not going to be forever. We'll come home!" Curtis said.

Chris Combs joined the national guard in January and he says there's more to the military than fighting overseas.

It's also about service and helping communities in need.

"One of the big things that appealed to me was disaster relief," Combs said.

So for the high school student searching for his or her place in the world these soldiers say military service will bring you support, courage and success.

Since the War On Terror began, nearly seven-thousand Kentucky National Guard soldiers have gone overseas.

More than one-thousand are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan right now.


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