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Staff Sgt. Joshua Spearman talks to fairgoers at the Army recruitment tent at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn., on August 31. Jenn Ackerman for NPR hide caption

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Who's in the Army now? A pitch switch aims to get more military recruits

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Staff Sgt. Stephen Ahlstrom (left) is an Army recruiter who has been mentoring potential recruits in weight loss to meet his enlistment goals. The work he does with young people such as Robinson (right) is not part of an official military program. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Fighting Weight: How Military Recruiters Take On Obesity, Case By Case

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New Army recruits take part in a swearing-in ceremony on June 4, 2017, in San Diego. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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After Falling Short, U.S. Army Gets Creative With New Recruiting Strategy

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Immigration lawyer Margaret Stock displays a document sent to U.S. Army enlistee Shu Luo, threatening him with deportation. Courtesy of Margaret Stock hide caption

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ICE Drops Deportation Threat Against Chinese Student Joining U.S. Army

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