• Short Summary

    Since the end of compulsory military service in the United States, the army has been hard pressed to find enough men to fill the vacancies in the armed forces.

  • Description

    1.
    MV Sign "Armed Forces Recruiting" PAN TO Entrance to recruitment centre
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    2.
    MV INT Recruiting officer interviewing candidate
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    3.
    MV Recruit has hair cut (2 shots)
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    4.
    SV & CU's Recruits seated waiting for hair cuts (3 shots)
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    5.
    GV Troops rifle training
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    6.
    MV Soldier crawling under barbed wire
    0.26

    7.
    GV & CU Troops firing (2 shots)
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    8.
    MV Soldier training on overhead bars
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    9.
    SV Troops marching
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    10.
    Troops passing dummy
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    11.
    Troops at attention on parade ground
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    12.
    CU Army officer speaking
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    13.
    GV & MV Troops marching to band music on passing-out parade (2 shots)
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    OFFICER: "The picture here in Los Angeles, and from what I understand, nationwide, is looking very fine here in September and there seems to be no reason why we can't continue it."




    Initials ESP/1624 ESP/1638



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Since the end of compulsory military service in the United States, the army has been hard pressed to find enough men to fill the vacancies in the armed forces.

    The draft - as compulsory military service is known - was bitterly criticised during the Vietnam war, and a career in the U.S. army is still an unpopular choice with young Americans.

    The army has launched a new recruiting drive in an effort to attract more men. Their main problem is recruiting ground soldiers prepared to do the hard, dirty work of combat training.

    One of the arguments against the drive was that it invariably caught the poor and the uneducated. Today's volunteer army has the same problem but the army is using a well-known formula to attract recruits - money. They are widely advertising the fact that the average army pay is 1,500 dollars a year more than the average civilian wage.

    The film includes an interview with an American army officer, a transcript of which follows:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1GBBSSRP6JRLVIB4DN14J02P2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GBBSSRP6JRLVIB4DN14J02P2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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