With the economy down and unemployment up many in the grand valley are looking at the military as an alternative but as some are finding out, it's not for everybody.
The united states armed forces is always looking for a few good men and women to join their ranks and with the slumping economy many more are looking to join up when they normally wouldn't think of it as an option.
Scott Wall a Marine recruiter has seen the spike in interest first hand. "The Military has always been a great opportunity for everybody and now with the situation with the economy it's kind of forced people to look in other directions."
For Nicholas McGrath it's isn't his last choice but one that has always been on his mind. "It's my time to do my part. I've been living the American dream, going to college, got my degree, but i still think i can do more. Nicolas is one of the few who still has a job but decided to enlist.
Others have turned to the armed forces because of unemployment but some are finding it it's harder to get in then they originally thought. Many are being turned away for different reasons but recruiters don't want people to get discouraged because everyone is given the same opportunity. Wall says that "Every body's different so the best thing is to do is call up our office and talk to a live recruiter and find out what their situation is, to see what kind of route they gotta go.
While the armed forces is not a job placement service they do have numerous positions to be filled by the right people. So if the military is an option that you may have considered, do your homework, get all the facts and dig down deep to see if you have what it takes. Because in these uncertain times it might just be the right move for you.
The armed forces career center is located on the south east corner of 25 road and highway 6&50.