THE U.S. Army is hosting virtual career fairs nationwide to hire 1,700 new soldiers as part of the military service’s second Army National Hiring Days campaign, which runs until June 14.
Army National Hiring Days, which was first launched as a virtual event in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is an all-Army effort to inspire young men and women across the nation to join the U.S. Army.
During the five-week event, which began on May 10, the Army is offering a special $2,000 incentive for individuals who enlist in one of 11 priority occupations and ship to training by the end of September. The positions range from infantry and psychological operations to explosives ordnance disposal and air and missile defense.
The nationwide virtual hiring campaign also includes up to $40,000 in signing bonuses or student loan reimbursement up to $65,000, depending on qualifications, selected occupation, and length of the service contract.
“The last year has been challenging for our nation and the world,” said Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, USAREC commanding general.
“We want young people to know the Army offers stability, especially during an unsteady time. Stability with a consistent job, consistent paycheck, comprehensive health care, and a built-in support system for Soldiers and their families. We’re offering opportunities for them to join us in a meaningful career that will prepare them for success in the future,” he added.
The Army also is seeking health care professionals to fill vital roles as doctors, nurses, nutritionists and more. These positions have a variety of associated incentives, to include signing bonuses, student loan repayment, and scholarships for medical, dental or veterinary school.
Local recruiting stations will provide information about career opportunities and answer questions potential applicants may have about life in the Army.
The recruiters will also discuss the benefits Soldiers receive, to include health insurance, retirement plans, training and certifications, tuition assistance for college courses, and family support programs.
For her part, Army Recruiter and Staff Sergeant Maria Monica Suarez is looking to recruit interested Filipinos and Filipino Americans to serve in the military.
She highlighted “steady income, education, health and dental insurance, retirement plan, and paid 30 days of leave” as benefits of joining the Army.
“As a recruiter, my role in this event is to promote the U.S. Army and U.S. Military as a whole, and to provide qualified applicants to fill priority positions required to maintain the strength of the United States Army,” said the 28-year-old Filipina SSG.
During Army National Hiring Days, interested individuals can visit www.goarmy.com/hiringdays to see if they meet the qualifications, learn about part-time and full-time careers and associated hiring incentives, and connect with a local recruiter.