Army National Guard Teams With Temp Firm Labor Ready

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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.

2 Responses to “Army National Guard Teams With Temp Firm Labor Ready”

  1. Todd Boyle Says:

    At bottom is the remainder of the article you elided, just for the record…

    I was grateful for the call from the reporter, Lisa Chiu but her report was not entirely accurate. I repeated the statement at least 5 times that the problem with recruiters is that they omit information, and misrepresent the true nature of combat and military service. She did include the word “omit” and I ask you, why did she not include the word “misrepresent”?

    And I never said I “object” to the partnership. In fact I said the opposite. I said that I’m opposed to omissions and misrepresentations.

    I said that I’m MUCH more concerned about the exploitation of underaged minors in high schools, and I provided some contacts who actually do object to recruiting of adults based on omission and misrepresentation.

    Kind regards, keep up the good work

    Todd Boyle
    Washington Truth in Recruiting http://www.watir.org
    Kirkland WA

    […snip]
    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. While he prefers this type of adult recruitment to recruitment in high schools, he added that recruiters still omit information regardless of the age of the target audience.

    “The presentation is completely oriented around the listener’s propensities, so they begin with your need for income and training,” he said. “All those things are incidental to military service. The real character of military service is killing and being killed.”

    Across the country, the Army National Guard was down in recruitment by 24 percent, according to a recent Los Angeles Times report.

    Grossenbacher said it hasn’t been harder to find recruits, just different.

    “With the war, some do shy away because they think they will be going to Iraq,” he said. “And if they sign up for six years, they will probably go somewhere. We can’t guarantee they won’t.”

    As one of the few workers at yesterday’s event of age to join the Guard, 20-year-old Swayne Hoflack said he was undecided, though he said he saw nothing wrong with Guard recruitment at Labor Ready.

    “I’m trying my own way first, like community college,” Hoflack said. “You see what you can do with what you have first. Joining should be a last resort.”

    Lisa Chiu: 206-464-2349 or lchiu@seattletimes.com

  2. Lisa Chiu Says:

    I am uncomfortable responding to Mr. Boyle’s statements of inaccurate reporting because he never made to me directly. However his claim is simply not true. Mr. Boyle told me he is much more concerned about recruitment in schools — which I reported. But he clearly said that he believed that this partnership was taking advantage of people down on their luck and called it an “economic draft.” I can’t see how these comments show support of the partnership. As for not using Boyle’s entire interview including his extensive use of “omit” and “misrepresent” all I can say is that reporters must condense information for space. We cannot print eveything a subject wants said.

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