US Army local recruiting station hits ‘milestone’
Turns out, our little island paradise not only holds the recognition of having the highest death rate per capita for war casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, we now have the distinction of being the only recruiting station in the world that has produced a 100% conversion, meaning that all of the 29 future soldiers who were sworn into enlistment to the US Army yesterday morning passed their physical examinations.
Head of the US Army local recruiting station SSgt. Lauie Laban-Ilalio told the Samoa News yesterday that the feat is "unheard of," adding that the news has made it all the way to their battalion headquarters in Portland, Oregon who are quite impressed with the milestone.
And if that wasn't enough, Laban-Ilalio noted that since she started recruiting in the territory two years ago, this is the first time there has been a higher number of female enlistees than males.
Of the 29 recruits, 17 are females and 12 are males. They were sworn in yesterday at the SFC Konelio Pele Army Reserve Center in Tafuna by retired CW-4 Vasaga Tilo of Aua. Two of the enlistees are incoming high school seniors set to graduate next year and Laban-Ilalio said this is a "good thing," as these two now know exactly what they will be doing after high school.
The enlistees come from different backgrounds and range in age from 17-26.
All of them, except the lone enlistee set to depart for boot camp on Monday, are in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), meaning they have up to a year to report to basic training.
"Most of them will be departing the territory for boot camp over the next six months," Laban-Ilalio reported.
The ASVAB test, which is the initial step for recruitment into any branch of the US military, is being offered from now until September 18, in order to make the cut for the next physical test scheduled for October.
The main passing score is 21 and Laban-Ilalio wants to publicly acknowledge Deanna Fuimaono who offered free tutoring for the ASVAB. Laban-Ilalio explained that while 21 is the passing score, there are line scores that are used to determine which jobs recruits qualify for.
"There have been some cases where people have passed the test but their line scores were too low to qualify them for a job in the US Army," she explained. "In cases like that, a re-test is necessary."
The US Army offers 150 jobs and the cut off age for enlistment is 34-years-old.
These are the 29 future soldiers who were sworn in yesterday:
Jazmin Atofau (THS senior), Alexis Castillo, Iupeli Faatau, Luisa Filisi, Brenda Foleni, Kimberly Godinet, Cassidy Hisatake, Ariel Levaula, Miracle Lio, Adam Lolofie, Apisaloma Matamu, Telesia Park, Daniel Vili Penueta, Joyce Schwenke, Hepuaonalani Sellers, Amanda Silila, Randy Taufetee, Amataga Tautua, Alava Tevaseu, Tinoga Tinoga, Merieni Tupuimatagi, Jeff Tupuola, Benjamin Yandall, Filisi Filisi, Taumaoe Koko, Gauula Moemoe, Josephine Salipopo (FHS), Sigago Samiu, and Betty Wells.
Samoa News congratulates the recent batch of recruits for their accomplishment. Go Army Strong!
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