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Casper Military recruitment efforts mostly back to pre pandemic protocol

Outside the Wyoming National Guard armory on July 14
Outside the Wyoming National Guard armory on July 14(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 5:18 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming military recruiters met the challenge of their job during the peak of the pandemic. Now that they can go back out into the community and get back to what they are used to.

“We had the goal of 185 last year and we actually ended up pulling out at 190,” said Tsgt. Jonathan Vallot, a recruiter with the Wyoming National Air Guard. This recession was different for them because people were getting unemployment benefits and weren’t actively searching for work.

However, Sgt. 1st Class Tim Ockler a recruiter with the Wyoming Army National Guard, said more reached out for work than he was used to. “We target people 17 or 18 years old, but we did have a lot of people in the workforce that working looking to join to get some supplemental income,” Ockler said.

Job security was another reason for interest during the pandemic. “People who graduated college would reach out to us because they knew about our health insurance and essential jobs that weren’t getting laid off as well,” Ockler said.

Efforts are pretty much normal now where they can go to community events and classrooms, but it was fun for them to have this challenge. “Airmen and soldiers are very resilient and they come up with ways to think outside the box,” Ockler said.

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