recruiting

In a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, Army ROTC cadets practice ambushing opposing forces.
Lindsay Grant / U.S. Army

Like many college classes, ROTC training is mostly online because of the pandemic. But some cadets have resumed limited in-person training.

Tom Cruise returns to his role as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in the upcoming 'Top Gun' sequel.
Paramount Pictures

"Top Gun: Maverick" is scheduled for release next year. But perceptions of the military and warfare have changed since the original iconic movie premiered in 1986.

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

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.

Seojun Lee stands outside an Army recruiting station near Phoenix. Lee signed up for the Army more than four years ago, but hasn't been allowed to serve.
Josie Huang / American Homefront

The MAVNI program allowed non-U.S. citizens to enlist in the armed services if they had foreign language skills or other special expertise. But the program is now at a standstill.

Television commericals in the Army's 'What's Your Warrior' campaign feature researchers in lab coats as well as soldiers in uniform.
U.S. Army

The campaign, which launched in November, emphasizes Army careers in technology, medicine, and other non-combat jobs.

Andrew Garcia, 22, plays 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'at the Localhost Denver Arena during an October Army recruiting event.
Taylor Allen / Colorado Public Radio

The Army has embraced esports as a recruiting tool to reach young adults, who are drawn to the fast-paced action of military-themed games.

New Air Force recruits try on shoes from San Antonio Shoemakers, Propper Footwear, and New Balance. Since January, the Defense Department has been issuing the shoes free of charge.
Ruth A. Medina-Villanueva / U.S. Air Force

Under a law now taking effect, the military branches are issuing American-made running shoes, instead of giving recruits an allowance to buy whatever sneakers they want.

High school educators take part in a virtual firing range exercise as they tour Fort Carson, Col. Army leaders hope these tours will result in educators steering more students toward military service.
Dan Boyce / American Homefront

To increase interest in military service among teenagers, the Army is reaching out to some of the people who know them best: high school teachers and guidance counselors.

The first Navy sailors to participate in the MAVNI program take their oath of citizenship in this 2010 file photo. MAVNI has been controversial since it began in 2008.
Scott Thornbloom / U.S. Navy

From 2009 to 2016, the Defense Department recruited more than 10,000 non-citizens into the armed forces. Now some say they're being discharged without explanation.

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