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More students consider enlisting: What you need to know

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Are more students considering signing up for careers in the military? It's a hot topic as we salute veterans. 

We discovered more high school students say they are looking at a possible military career either.

According to juniors and seniors, they are looking at enlisting in different branches because they see siblings, friends, and family members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they want to give their time as well. 

"They're just inspired by the veterans they see coming back," said Tanner McVay, an Oran junior high school student. 

"They look up to our veterans and they see what they are doing and they admire their courage and they want to do that too," said Ashlyn McIntosh. 

Recruiters say they are seeing an increase as well. They say it all started post Sept. 11, 2001. 

"They see the military as an elite career," said Cpt. Tyson Mele of Southeast Missouri State University. He is with the Missouri National Guard. He works with the Show Me Gold program. 

"What a lot of people don't realize is that you have to be qualified to enlist and there's a lot of different fields you can go into, or ways to serve," said Mele. 

"I usually share my story with those who are interested," said Cpt. Mele. "You have to be prepared for boot camp and certain risks when you're talking about overseas deployments." 

He also explained there are a number of incentives including college tuition, the G.I. Bill and job training for a number of different careers. 

"You can go into any field from public relations, you can be a police officer, you can be a graphic designer and still be in the Guard. You can be in the Guard and still go to school," said Cpt. Mele. 

"The best thing to do is come and talk to us and if you discover that you want to be a part of the Navy or Marines we can point you in that direction as well," said Cpt. Mele. 

The show me gold program goes after recruiting potential officers for the National Guard.

To find out more visit Cpt. Tyson Mele with the Show Me Gold program or another officer at Southeast Missouri State University. You can also click here.

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