The U.S. Army is kicking off its first nationwide virtual hiring campaign June 30-July 2 with a goal of recruiting 10,000 new Soldiers to serve in 150 different occupations.

The United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) mission is to “Recruit America’s best and brightest volunteers that are able to deploy, fight, and win”. This process includes the recruiting, medical and psychological examination, induction, and administrative processing of potential service personnel.

Virtual Hiring

With COVID-19, this year’s Army National Hiring Days looks a little bit different than previous years. Recruiters have focused on virtual communications since mid-March when the pandemic necessitated a socially distant society. This new virtual hiring event will be the first time the Army has come together as a whole to leverage the digital space in a concentrated all-Army, nationwide recruiting effort.

ClearanceJobs sat down with Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis who is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Texas A&M University and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in 1993. He currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for the United States Recruiting Command.

Focus of the Hiring Event

As part of the three-day hiring event, Army leaders, operational units, recruiters and community partners across America will focus on encouraging individuals to explore the Army’s career paths, ranging from traditional combat roles to support positions in logistics, engineering and technology. They will also highlight the benefits of military service, to include health insurance, retirement plans, training and education opportunities, and family support programs.

How to become a Soldier

During Army National Hiring Days, interested individuals can visit to see if they meet the qualifications, learn about job opportunities and associated hiring incentives, and connect with a recruiter in their area.

To become an enlisted Soldier in the US Army, individuals must be a US citizen or permanent resident, 17-34 years old, take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, meet medical and physical requirements, and be a high school graduate or equivalent.

Qualified applicants are eligible for bonuses up to $40,000 or student loan reimbursement up to $65,000, among many other benefits the US Army is offering.

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