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Changes in military recruiting may continue after pandemic

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WAUSAU (WKOW) -- The U.S. Army started its virtual recruiting campaign Tuesday.

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on military recruiting.

The Army is looking to hire 10,000 new full-time and part-time soldiers.

The Army Career Center in Wausau is taking part in the campaign.

New recruits can earn cash bonuses and other benefits.

Staff Sgt. Gary Gumbert tells WAOW, "We're really brothers and sister in arms and we're really pushing to better each other on a daily basis. It also helps with college. By joining the Army, you get essentially a free college education just by serving."

Army leaders believe the virtual campaign may evolve into a new system that will allow them to scale back the size and staffing at enlistment storefronts and reduce the number of recruiters.

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