Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

New commander for SC Army Recruiting Battalion

Jun. 19, 2013 - 03:48PM   |  
  • Filed Under

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Convincing young people that the Army provides opportunities is a big challenge amid headlines of military cutbacks, government furloughs and reports of sexual harassment, the new commander of the Army recruiting battalion based in South Carolina said Wednesday.

"A lot of Americans just aren't connected with the military, so we have to educate them, as well as their parents, about what the Army can provide," Lt. Col. Michael Standish said after a change-of-command ceremony at this Army training installation.

Last year, the Army Recruiting Battalion based at Fort Jackson recruited more than 3,000 civilians to become active duty soldiers. It also brought in about 500 soldiers to the Army Reserve.

The unit operates throughout South Carolina, as well as the western half of North Carolina and six counties in eastern Georgia.

Standish, 44, said one of the biggest problems recruiters face is apathy.

"We hope we find people who want to serve their country," Standish said. He added that the opportunity to gain training and help pay for a college education helps attract many into the uniformed ranks.

In spite of reports of military budget cuts and government furloughs, the Army continues to need tens of thousands of soldiers annually, Standish said.

"We have constant turnover so we have to refresh our ranks, and we have to grow those sergeants, captains and senior officers to lead them," said the Gig Harbor, Wash., native.

Asked about the most recent headlines on sexual harassment in the military, Standish said the Army has a job to do in combatting the problem.

"The Army takes this very seriously. We've stumbled and we've got to get it fixed," Standish said.

The Pentagon estimated in a recent report that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year, up from an estimated 19,000 assaults in 2011, based on an anonymous survey of military personnel.

Standish has served 21 years in the Army, during which he was deployed with I Corps in Iraq and held various posts as a chemical officer in a number of Army units.

In the ceremony Wednesday, the battalion also bade farewell to commander Lt. Col. Christopher Forsythe, who leaves for the National Defense University in the District of Columbia.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In Careers

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Navy Times

This Week's Navy Times

Go mustang
LDO and warrant careers offer more authority, a pay hike and big retirement payout

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook