Stars and Stripes stripes.com 04 Jan, 2021 21:00 am

For military recruiters, the overall mission hasn't changed during the pandemic

For military recruiters, the overall mission hasn't changed during the pandemic
Instead of setting up shop at a high school or college career fair, or talking to a room full of students, ilitary recruiters have been using social media platforms and conducting virtual meetings.

(Tribune News Service) — Jordan Lucey has had to replace a handshake with an email or phone call when it comes to reaching out to high school and college students about careers in the armed forces.Instead of setting up shop at a high school or college career fair, or talking to a room full of students, Lucey has been using social media platforms and conducting virtual meetings.While recruiters were shut out of high school and college campuses for much of 2020, they didn't lose important contacts that are vital to their job.Craig Stapleton, the Junior ROTC instructor at Santa Fe High School, said the number of students in his program who are committed to serve in the armed forces — whether through officer training or regular enlistment — has not changed from previous years.

" Lucey said he's had more success recruiting college students than high school seniors."Senior in high school enlistees are down slightly, but we have more high school graduates and college students coming in with interest," Lucey said.

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