For most of its history, the United States government has employed a volunteer military. In order to staff the Armed Forces with talented men and women who are willing to serve, large scale recruitment is necessary. While recruitment is especially important during times of war, trained military personnel and civilians work constantly to ensure that their rolls are well staffed with new members.
Most of these efforts are now spearheaded on a Federal level, but National Guard and Army Reserve troops may still be enlisted through state efforts. Each arm of the Armed Forces is generally responsible for their own campaigns, with the campaigns of the Army and the Navy being perhaps the best known of any of the branches. These campaigns tend to focus not simply on the sense of national duty and honor that often compels soldiers to join, but also on the many career advancement opportunities that are now available through service.
There are over 1,400 locations around the United States where those who are interested in learning more about the opportunities available to those who work in service of US defense can go to get this information. The more than 9,500 professionals who staff these stations can provide information on the qualifications that are required to sign up for the Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. While some of these staffers are civilians, most are currently active, ranking officers who can talk in more depth about the life of a service man or woman. Anyone is welcome to schedule a no obligation visit to these facilities to talk about anything from the specifics of becoming a Marine to the educational funds available to veterans.