Texas Army National Guard Recruiters on Track to Meet 2005 Recruiting Goals

The Texas Army National Guard is currently at 100.3% of its end strength mission for this year. In June, Texas Army National Guard recruiters had their best month this year exceeding National Guard headquarters goals by enlisting more than 320 soldiers.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 12, 2005 -- Major Scott MacLeod, Region Leader of the Texas Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, planned to watch NASA’s first space shuttle launch since he and his soldiers led clean up and recovery efforts surrounding the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy that affected communities throughout Texas in February 2003.

Last week, Captain Norberto Flores and his 300 Texas Army National Guard troops from the 1836th Transportation Company returned from a 16-month deployment in Iraq where they logged more than 2.5 million miles during their 233 missions.

“If there ever was a time where the Army National Guard’s importance was evident, this is it.” Lt. Col. Tracy Norris, Commander of the Texas Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command said.
   
Today, more than 4,500 Texas Army National Guardsman are serving beside other servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. And like its Florida component who assisted when Hurricane Dennis struck land this week, Texas Army National Guard soldiers are first to respond when asked by Governer Rick Perry to aid in any emergencies and natural disasters within Texas.
   
“Our recruiters are soldiers who serve side by side with the honorable men and women that they enlist,” Lt. Col. Norris said. “In contrast to current media reports, our retention rates tell us that we are accomplishing the difficult task of meeting recruitment goals during a time of war.”
   
The Texas Army National Guard is currently at 100.3% of its end strength mission for this year. In June, Texas Army National Guard recruiters had their best month this year exceeding National Guard headquarters goals by enlisting more than 320 soldiers.
   
The Texas Army National Guard has approximately 190 recruiters in the state of Texas compared to the more than 1,000 that the regular Army employs in Texas.
   
On May 20, Texas Army National Guard recruiters were available to the media on the day when Army recruiters were required to stand down for nation-wide ethical training.
   
“Yes this is a challenging time for the Army National Guard, but we are driving forward with a firm resolve and confidence in the branch that we serve,” Lt. Col. Norris said.
   
For access to Texas Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command and Recruiters, please contact Kris Paulson at
(512) 940-7238.

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Source :  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/7/prweb261039.htm