Brad Choat (@choatsnews)By Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The commander of Missouri’s Ft. Leonard Wood Army base says recruiting is still going well, as the nation continues to fight terrorism around the globe.

Major General Leslie Smith tells KMOX the military should not be viewed as a “last resort” for job seekers between the ages of 17 and 24.

“Three out of 10 American folks are eligible to serve, and about one out of those 10 actually meet all the criteria,” he says.

Things that can get in the way of enlistment are past drug use, obesity, school grades and even some tattoos.

Despite all that, a recent Kansas City Star report indicated the U.S. Army is on target to meet its recruiting goal of 57,000 active duty soldiers this year.

That’s down from 69,000 last year.

Smith says service to the nation often results in a rewarding career when you’re done wearing the uniform.

“They give you unique skills that you can’t get any other place, which tie straight into jobs in the future for you,” he says.

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