Recruiting in a Time of War

Young Americans Still Turn to Military for Education, Adventure

Army recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Bowie.

Army recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Bowie is based out of Huntsville, Texas -- a community, he says, that respects its soldiers. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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The U.S. military needs to attract nearly 200,000 new recruits every year to maintain troop strength.

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all report they've had no trouble reaching their recruiting goals, even with the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. By far, the Army is the largest of the service groups. Since last October, more than 40,000 young men and women have enlisted for active Army duty.

To get a sense of how the Army draws in new recruits, NPR's Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered, traveled to Huntsville, Texas, to spend several days on the job with one of the Army's 6,000 recruiters: Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Bowie.

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