Military Recruitment

Military
12:26 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

As Armed Forces Scale Back, PA Young People Often Disappointed

Recruiters for the U.S. Marines canvass shopping plazas, high schools and job fairs for potential soldiers.
Credit Alexandra Kanik / PublicSource

An all-honors student and varsity soccer player, Luc LaChance could have had his pick of colleges when he left Slippery Rock High School in Butler County.

Instead, he chose to enlist with the U.S. Marines, where he will be trained as an infantryman — what the 17-year-old describes as “the common soldier.”

Eric Enslow, a 25-year-old Shaler Township resident with a master’s degree, joined the Navy after an exhaustive search for teaching jobs in Southwest Pennsylvania. His choice in the military was an intelligence job, which he was denied because of student-loan debt.

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