"Just in the last quarter alone our numbers have increased by 8%." U.S. Navy Chief Counselor Charles Burns says as for recruiting numbers for this year, it's full speed ahead. "A lot of people are real interested in the technology the Navy has to offer," says Burns.
Same goes for those searching to be one of the few and the proud. "This year it's massive improvement, usually summer months they go up a lot," says Cpl. Thomas Humphreys with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Most recruits are fresh out of college looking to gain career experience while serving their country. Lubbock military recruiting offices are flooded with phone calls. About 60% of them come from high school students. "They're looking for leadership type experience, discipline, self confidence and courage," says Humphreys.
Despite the rigors of boot camp, recruits are hoping to find a job, travel and finish their degrees. "It's to get money to pay for college and to get a better career," says17-year-old Christopher Hernandez, who wants to join the Navy.
"A lot of high school students are not ready to go to college yet because they just finished 12 years of school and they want to take a break and want to know how the navy can help with college money," says Burns.
"Office traffic has picked up quite a bit in the last couple of days," says Humphreys.
Each month the marines enlist more than a dozen recruits, almost twice the number of other branches. That may not sound like a lot, but recruiters say it's not quantity they're after, it's quality, like high test scores.
"The quality the navy looks for in this area is very outstanding. We're up about 23 points higher than what the Navy average is looking for," says Burns.
"You want it tough, you want it rigorous, here it is," says Humphreys.
Many high school students are paid thousands of dollars just to enlist into many branches of the military. And can earn $30,000 or more towards college tuition.
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