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Economy Helps Military With Recruiting

Tales of mass layoffs have dominated the headlines as of late and recent bad news on the economy does not bode well for job seekers However there is one place that's always hiring

For Americas armed forces business has been booming Fears about the economy have led to the armed services having the best recruiting year since 2004 In 2008 all branches of the military hit their recruiting goals The Northland is no different; Master Sergeant Troy Skorich with the 148th fighter wing says if it's not the economy, it's the perks that get new recruits to sign up "You get a young man or woman that comes out of high school, we're offering to pay 100 percent of their tuition reimbursement, we're offering 20,000 dollars in signing bonus, part time job with the economy the way it is, it's a great deal round and round"

While signing up new citizen Soldiers is important for the armed forces, recruiters also concentrate on retaining new recruits "We want to keep the people we have in We've invested a lot of money and time in training them And also I like to think the of the Army National Guard as a second family so when we really lose someone, we're losing a member of our family, which is why we put such an emphasis on it, and we do such a good job of maintaining those high retention rates"

While the Air and Army national guards are prospering, active duty branches also had a banner year Staff Sergeant Chris Scobee with the Marines says the economy just makes it an easier sell "You get a lot of good, tangible things out of the military, but you're also going to get like we said a steady job, steady income, a paycheck, and great benefits so it's appealing to anybody once you think about it" Staff Sergeant Scobee says 8 to 10 people a week come into his recruiting office

In Duluth, Trevor Roy, The Northlands NewsCenter The US Army wants to increase its number of troops to more than 540,000 personell by 2010

Article source: MSNBC.MSN.com



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Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.



100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.



Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



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