National Guard: Recruiting Efforts Remain Strong

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 7:51am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Military leaders say recruiting remains strong for the Louisiana National Guard despite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the likelihood for deployment.
In fact, the desire to join was so high this year that National
Guard leaders placed new restrictions on recruiting, rejecting people who have such legal problems as driving while intoxicated or other misdemeanors.
The Guard has also been turning away people with medical conditions such as food allergies - issues the Guard traditionally overlooked. Col. Lee Hopkins, commander of the Louisiana National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Command, said the rush over the past few years to join the National Guard has less to do with the wars than incentives and benefits.