The Army National Guard says since the conflict in Iraq began, they are seeing an increased interest. At the Texas National Guard here in Lubbock, Sgt. First Class Juan Rivera Jr. says there has been a slight increase in new recruits.
NewsChannel 11 talked with two young men who just enlisted. They say they signed up to serve their community and country.
"My family has a long tradition of military service. I also wanted to serve and protect my community and my family. I feel like I'm doing more now," says new recruit 29-year-old Adam Lofton. Lofton's wife also recently enlisted in the military.
"My father was in the military. I just have a long line of military in my family. It's something I've always wanted to do. These are people I've admired and respected," says new recruit Mark Caudillo II who will continue his education at Texas Tech while training for the Guard. He's part of the Simultaneous Membership Program.
If you're interested in the Texas National Guard, you can call (806) 744-8671 or (806) 744-8672.