Christian Davenport
Washington Post
November 29, 2008

Some of the largest investment firms on Wall Street are gone. The country’s auto industry is on the verge of collapse. Banks are shedding jobs. But in these doom-and-gloom times, there is someone who’s hiring: your local military recruiter.

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The economic downturn and rising unemployment rate are making the military a more attractive option, Pentagon officials say. In some cases, the peace of mind that comes with good benefits and a regular paycheck is overcoming concerns about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which any new enlistee is likely to join.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat it: We’re a nation at war,” said Lt. Col. Michael Bennett, who commands the Maryland Army National Guard’s recruiting battalion. “But we offer a stability of income that a lot of employers can’t guarantee right now.”

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