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Spc. Chao Yang, an information technology specialist assigned to Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army South, teaches students drill and ceremony during career day at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas, March 8, 2024. U.S. Army South Soldiers provided demonstrations and presentations of various facets of Army life during the school’s annual event.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. ShaTyra Cox)

San Antonio, Texas. (March 15, 2024): The Department of Defense recently reported results from a survey that found half of all young people today know “little to nothing” about military service. In this photo by Staff Sergeant ShaTyra Cox, Army Specialist Chao Yang instructs students drill and ceremony during Career Day at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in San Antonio. The Army, which missed its recruiting goal this year by 15,000, hopes these Career Day demonstrations will entice more young folks to consider the benefits of serving their country.

During these events, active-duty soldiers conduct demonstrations involving military equipment and the day-to-day life in the military. Students and parents also learn about the educational benefits, financial incentives, and diverse career options for both officers and enlisted personnel in today’s Army.

Students get to go hands-on with Army helicopters, Humvees, and they even get to see a demonstration of bomb disposal robots. They are also able to interact with active-duty soldiers and ask questions regarding the wide range of roles, technologies, and experiences that are offered within the Armed Forces.

The Army hopes to use these annual events to educate students and their parents on the many advantages of joining the military and to inspire patriotism and selfless service.