Army recruits take their Oaths of Enlistment at Fort Lee, Va. June 22.
Patrick Buffett / U.S. Army

COVID-19 Has Forced The Army To Rethink And Step Up Its Virtual Recruiting Efforts

The Army is holding its first nationwide virtual recruiting campaign, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to scale back face-to-face interactions and revealed gaps in its digital outreach strategy.

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 Soldiers gather for a 2019 awards ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. The base is one of 10 that Pentagon leaders say they are open to renaming.
Joshua Cowden / U.S. Army

With the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington, the question is starting to arise in Washington - and outside of it - of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals they now bear.

Members of the California Army National Guard assemble emergency food kits at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Jason Sanchez / U.S. Air National Guard

Even as members of the Guard and Reserve are seeing longer and more frequent deployments, they don't always receive the same retirement, education, and housing benefits as active duty troops.

Members of the Georgia National Guard stand in formation as gas is used to dispurse crowds in downtown Atlanta on May 31, 2020.
Tori Miller / U.S. Army National Guard

Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

Maria and John Mishkind video chat with Maria's brother, Army veteran Harry Stapleton, who is a resident at the Orlando VA Community Living Center.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Like most long-term care facilities, VA nursing homes haven't allowed in-person visitation since early March.

Aubrey Rose, an 18-year U.S. Army veteran, marches with an upside-down American flag over his shoulder in a protest against police violence in Denver.
Kevin J. Beaty / Denverite

For some veterans, the demonstrations against police violence are a chance to find their voice.

A gravestone for a German POW in the San Antonio VA cemetery. The stone is engraved with a swastika and an inscription that references Adolf Hitler.
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

The stones, engraved with swastikas, mark the graves of German POWs who died in the United States during World War II.

Sailors and civilians at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard follow social distancing requirements as they attend a Memorial Day ceremony May 19.
Shelby West / Norfolk Naval Shipyard

The coronavirus pandemic has led groups around the country to cancel or scale back commemorations of America's war dead.

Spc. Trent Bostic of the North Carolina National Guard examines and sorts produce at a Food Bank.
Hannah Tarkelly / U.S. Army National Guard

In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

Marine judge advocate Emma Shinn (left) takes her oath of office from Maj. Rebecca Harvey in 2019.
Emma Shinn

The UCLA study shows broad support among servicemembers for transgender people in the military. But the military still bans transgender people from enlisting.

Members of the support group Merging Vets and Players (MVP) hold an online meeting. The group says 35 percent of its members have lost jobs because of the pandemic.
Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront

While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

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