Army recruitment is getting a little tougher

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The U.S. Army is searching Central Arkansas for a few good men and women, but the search these days is getting a little bit tougher.

    Getting into the military is not as easy as it used to be. Most new recruits now need a high-school diploma, an above-average entrance exam score, and a clean record. In addition, the Pentagon estimates only one in four of today's youth are fit for military service.

    Today, recruiters brought a massive truck out to the Promenade shopping center in Little Rock stocked with all kinds of simulators and equipment, to give Arkansans a taste of Army life.

    Sergeant First Class Joseph Burgess said building a relationship with the community is key in building our nation's military.

    "Rapport with the community is one the biggest things that a recruiter can have. Building trust and credibility within their community--this gives an opportunity for local recruiters from whichever area it is to meet with the people in their community and build that rapport," said Burgess.

    According to government records, the average age of military recruits is just under 22.

    If you are interested in joining the Army, go to GoArmy.com for details on how you can.

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