The Seattle Times is reporting the Army National Guard has teamed up with the temp firm Labor Ready to help track down more recruits:
- Faced with nationwide recruitment challenges, the Army National Guard has partnered with Labor Ready, a provider of temporary jobs for unskilled workers, in the hopes the Tacoma-based company’s 700 branches across the nation can help boost the dwindling number of recruits.
Dressed in Army fatigues yesterday afternoon, Sgt. Nicholas Grossenbacher of the Washington Army National Guard was at the Renton branch of Labor Ready explaining the GI Bill and the National Guard’s time commitment of “two days a month, two weeks a year” to a small group. He said he hopes to visit the branch at least once a month.
In return for such recruitment stops, Labor Ready hopes to do some recruiting of its own by targeting National Guardsmen and spouses seeking temporary work while they await deployment, or have just returned from duty…
But others object to the partnership. Todd Boyle, founder of Washington Truth in Recruiting, said it’s an example of an “economic draft.”
“Many people are vulnerable and need jobs and have no choice but to go into the military,” Boyle said.