Recruitment difficulties for the US Army and Mankato Public Safety

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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – “It’s gotten a little more difficult with everything that’s happened over the past two years. I think for the most part it comes down to the fact that a lot of people aren’t informed about this. what we do and what we offer,” said Mankato Army Recruiting Company Commander Thomas Bluestone.

“With the lack of awareness, historically, one in three potential recruits is eligible for enlistment in the U.S. military. Today, those numbers are approaching one in four, which is also shrinking the population,” explained Mankato Army Recruiting Company First Sergeant Judson Ellenburg.

That’s why the US Army offers up to $50,000 in enlistment incentives, which is the biggest bonus ever given to new recruits.

In the past, enlistment of full-time soldiers could not exceed $40,000, but that has since changed.

“The enlistment incentive is capped at $40,000 to stay competitive with the private market, we increased it by ten. small that equals $50,000,” Bluestone said.

Mankato Public Safety is seeing the same trend as they attempt to recruit the next generation of officers.

“Like other agencies, we struggle with numbers. The number of graduates from skills programs or associate programs has dropped significantly. Which means fewer people are going into law enforcement,” said Amy Vokal, director of public safety for Mankato.

The search process for police officers in the past was a multi-step operation.

“You have to have at least an associate degree and then apply to different agencies after you pass your post-test. The post-test is what gives them all a license, and then when they get hired by an agency, they become active, the license becomes active,” Vokal explained.

Now the department is trying to adapt.

“The traditional ways where you could post it and just put it on the billboard website. If you look now, you will find over 50 different messages. So we need to be more targeted in our approach,” Vokal said.

Mankato Public Safety is sworn in to nine new officers on February 23 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center at 3:00 p.m.

If you want to get involved with the US Army, go to 1850 Adams St Suite 703 or contact them (507) 625-4847.

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