Vermont to be part of test of new Army recruiting effort

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Vermont will be part of a new Army recruitment campaign designed to entice potential soldiers to sign up.

The “Army Advantage Fund” recruiting campaign will begin next month and offer recruits who complete three to five years of service up to $40,000 toward the purchase of a new home or startup business.

The Army missed its recruiting goals in Vermont for the past two fiscal years and the state has one of the lowest recruitment rates in the country.

Albany Recruiting Battalion spokesman Andy Entwistle says recruiting in wartime is a challenge.

Nationally, the recruiting rate for young people is twice what it is in Vermont.

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