Army sees increase in recruitment

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Garret Plye’s life is about to change this week. He recently enlisted in the Army and he leaves for basic training in a couple days.

“I am nervous, because I don’t know what to expect. I have got some varying opinions on what it’s going to be like,” he told News 2.

Plye will be in basic training for 16 weeks before serving on the frontlines in the infantry.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“Very much combat oriented jobs,” said Plye.

Plye makes the list of 1,786 new soldiers and 369 Army Reservists who were recruited by the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Nashville.

This is the first time since 2009 that it has reached both its regular Army and Army Reserve goals.

Major Melvin Kindle explained to News 2 why this Brigade is leading the way in Battalion recruits.

“A couple reasons. One, we have Fort Campbell, so there is some military tradition around here. We also have a growing college need and as that price starts to grow, that is something that the military offers is college tuition,” said Major Kindle.

Plye told News 2 he has always wanted to join the service because his grandfather served in World War II.

He didn’t know him personally but in joining the Army he feels a connection to him in the allegiance to serve our country.

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