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Armed Forces recruiter addresses troop cuts

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The U.S. military is preparing for some belt tightening, which also means we could see a shrinking U.S. Army.

Our military saw a spike in troops after 9/11.

And now, it could have its lowest numbers since World War II.

But for anyone still thinking of joining the army, the recruiting office here tells us they're still looking for a few good men and women.

Recruitment efforts for the armed forces have already changed before the budget announcement

Recruiting Commander Capt.. Shayne Estes said "overall, the army has reduced it's recruiting goals, marginally, but not significantly over last year's numbers."

Captain Estes is a 22-year member of the U.S. Army, and the recruiting commander for the Dakotas. But despite the possibility of shrinking budgets, his commitment to finding the best remains the same.

"I would say that there's always going to be an opportunity, there may be less positions but we're always looking for those qualified applicants, especially at that high school age," Estes said.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his plans to shrink the U.S. military.  And what happens in Washington, doesn't stay in Washington.

"What policies and procedures are made there in Washington affects our pays, our benefits, and options we can offer the youth of today for joining the military," Estes said.

The U.S. Army could see its lowest numbers since world war two, but captain Estes isn't overly concerned.

"It's not just a numbers game. You want the right individual, and then with that right individual, this is a profession so you want somebody that's going to embrace and learn, and make a lifelong commitment and give back to their nation and their communities," Estes said.

Many governors across the country have concerns about how these cuts may affect the army reserves.

But the national guard will have to wait for the army to decide its final troop numbers before it can make its next move.

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