U.S. ARMY SEEKS 20,000 RECRUITS IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 2) – The United States Army is offering thousands of dollars in incentives to try to attract new Pacific Islander recruits both for active army and reserve duties.

American Samoa Army recruiter, Sgt. Levi Suiaunoa, says that the number of recruits from the territory has fallen 42 percent short of projections.

Sergeant Suiaunoa says the number of deaths in recent conflicts has affected recruiting.

But he says recruiting targets have also risen.

"We have some of our sons and daughters who’ve paid the ultimate price. But [because of] the war on terrorism, our recruiting command has been asked to increase the enlistees by 20,000 recruits," he said.

Suiaunoa also says there have been staff shortages amongst the recruiting team in American Samoa.

June 3, 2005

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

 

 

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