USAREC Public Affairs
Apr. 01, 2016
Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy told about 600 Soldiers and civilians from U.S. Army Recruiting Command today that he will do everything he can to empower recruiters to effectively provide for the future Army.
While visiting Fort Knox, Kentucky, for a town hall meeting with USAREC personnel, Murphy promised to be "micro-engaged" on recruiting. He said he plans to visit recruiting centers to ask how he can help, and he encouraged other Army leaders and veterans to do the same.
"I'm passionate about this, I know how important it is to have a strong Army," said Murphy, a third-generation Soldier. "This is where my heart is. Everyone in this room has a similar DNA. We all love our country and are willing to do what's necessary to protect it."
He said the top priority for him and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley is Army readiness.
"There's no other number one, so we have to be ready to fight tonight, we have to be ready to win tonight, [to fight] our enemies overseas, and [respond to natural disasters at home], he said. "We either win or we don't win."
He noted the importance of expanding the Soldier for Life program and calling on the country's 22 million veterans to help recruit.
"We have to have that connective tissue," he said. "Our Soldiers leave our ranks, but they never leave our family ... We need to figure out how to empower you to say to these great [Soldiers] who are going back home, 'Can you speak at high schools.' We have to do a better job in asking them to be ambassadors."
The acting secretary emphasized to recruiters the importance of being active on social media in order to engage young people and share their Army story.
"Millennials want to join something better than themselves," Murphy said. "If they want to be something greater than themselves, join the Army. Veterans are more likely to be employed than their civilian counterparts in their age group, will make $10,000 more a year than their civilian counterparts, are more likely to vote, and are more likely to be a little league coach or a pastor. We have the love of country stamped on our hearts so we have to do a better job of relaying that."
The entire town hall can be viewed at: