Since the end of compulsory military service in the United States, the army has been hard pressed to find enough men to fill the vacancies in the armed forces.
MV Sign "Armed Forces Recruiting" PAN TO Entrance to recruitment centre
MV INT Recruiting officer interviewing candidate
MV Recruit has hair cut (2 shots)
SV & CU's Recruits seated waiting for hair cuts (3 shots)
GV Troops rifle training
MV Soldier crawling under barbed wire
GV & CU Troops firing (2 shots)
MV Soldier training on overhead bars
SV Troops marching
Troops passing dummy
Troops at attention on parade ground
CU Army officer speaking
GV & MV Troops marching to band music on passing-out parade (2 shots)
OFFICER: "The picture here in Los Angeles, and from what I understand, nationwide, is looking very fine here in September and there seems to be no reason why we can't continue it."
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Background: Since the end of compulsory military service in the United States, the army has been hard pressed to find enough men to fill the vacancies in the armed forces.
The draft - as compulsory military service is known - was bitterly criticised during the Vietnam war, and a career in the U.S. army is still an unpopular choice with young Americans.
The army has launched a new recruiting drive in an effort to attract more men. Their main problem is recruiting ground soldiers prepared to do the hard, dirty work of combat training.
One of the arguments against the drive was that it invariably caught the poor and the uneducated. Today's volunteer army has the same problem but the army is using a well-known formula to attract recruits - money. They are widely advertising the fact that the average army pay is 1,500 dollars a year more than the average civilian wage.
The film includes an interview with an American army officer, a transcript of which follows: