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Army Hopes To Hire 130 Substance Abuse Counselors

Army officials say they want to hire 130 substance abuse counselors for 54 military installations, including Fort Bragg.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the U.S. Army hopes to hire the counselors by October.

The director of the Army Substance Abuse Program says in a release that the Army has had a shortage of counselors since 2008. Dr. Les McFarling says the Army's goal is to have 562 counselors, but it's been a struggle to fill the jobs.

The Army says salaries range from $50,000 to $93,000 and come with good benefits and other incentives, including student loans being paid off.

The release says the Army needs about 10 providers each at major bases, including Fort Bragg, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.


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