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Military exceeds annual recruitment goal

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The U-S military just wrapped up a recruitment year with record numbers. 169,000, -thousand people joined up in the last fiscal year.

It's the first time since the end of the draft 36 years ago that every branch of the military met its annual recruitment goal.

Cory Moss has wanted to enlist in the military since he was in high school. He recently graduated from Albany State University. Tuesday, he brought his records to the army recruitment office in Albany, ready to commit to the U.S. Army.

"I enlisted in the army to enlist to the fullest and without limits," Moss said. "If I'm going to do it, I'm going all in. Hopefully one day I'll be that four-star general or Secretary of Defense right next to the president."

This is good news for Sgt. Gabriel Lord who says enlistment is up in Albany. Last year his quota was 80 soldiers but he recruited 94 men and women.

"They really want to come in to do something more and at the same time to serve,"Sgt. Lord said.

Lord says the army is demanding soldiers be more physically and mentally prepared to serve. Moss says he's up for the challenge.

"Whether it's on the battlefield, the office, courtroom, or doing what ever I have a passion for in the Army, I'm fully committed," Moss said.

Moss plans to become an officer, making policy, but he says he's ready for all fronts of the army. That's the type of person Sgt. Lord looks to recruit. The Pentagon is spending more money on recruitment. Military leaders credit that and higher pay for the spike in enlistments.

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