Recession impacting military

FAYETTEVILLE The Pentagon says it's had the best recruiting year since 1973. And Fayetteville leads the way in enlisting men and women in the military.

Sara Williams joined the Army Tuesday. A decision the single mom called a no-brainer.

"Just because I need benefits for my family, and a steady paycheck," Williams said.

In these tough economic times, she's part of a record number of volunteers signing up for active duty.

"And the Army has a lot to offer whether it's educational or just career advancement we have a lot of opportunities," Recruiting Company Commander Capt. Nathan Shanor said.

According to the Pentagon, nationwide from October 2008 to September 2009 the Army signed up more than 70,000 new soldiers, 32,000 new sailors joined the Navy, over 31,000 joined the Marines and over 29,000 enlisted in the Air Force.

Recruiters at all the military branches at a recruiting station in Fayetteville say it is one of the top recruiting markets in the country. They say patriotism, family tradition and the economy are often cited as reasons for enlisting.

Recruiters say being next to Fort Bragg also helps.

"We see people from all walks of life and really from all over the country just because of the huge military influence in this community," Marine Recruiter Sgt. Charles Newton said.

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