Fewer Influential Adults Recommending Military Service

Recent high school graduate Elizabeth Moody says her decision to join the Army Reserves can help her one day get into dental school.
Her mother, Susana moody, is scared that her only child will end
up in a war zone.

That fear is becoming more common among adults and older teens who can influence a decision to join the military. Army recruiters in North Carolina say the trend makes their job much harder.

Worried about the drop in positive influences, the Army is running advertisements aimed at parents, with such lines as "You made them strong; we'll make them Army Strong."

For the past several years, the military has been trying to offset the trend by increasing bonuses for those who enlist or re-enlist.

Recruiters also explain to recruits that not all Army jobs will land you in combat.