Army officials to discuss tighter security at recruiting centers

Heartland Army leaders discuss security at recruiting centers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Thursday's deadly attack has raised concerns about security at military facilities nationwide.

On Friday, Army leaders said they're looking at ways to better secure recruiting centers like the one in Cape Girardeau.

Soldiers and recruiters at Armed Forces Recruiting Centers undergo training for many different threats, but the shooting has sparked debate about whether security is a deeper issue. 

Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said the military branch will look at ways to better secure recruiting centers.

Recruiters and officers there don't carry weapons.

The general added they would have to determine what difference that could make and even navigate possible legal issues should that change.

But Cape Girardeau Recruiting Company Commander Captain Ryan Molina said they're armed in other ways.

They're trained for active shooter situations and to stay aware of their surroundings.

And he said there's a reason they don't carry guns at recruiting centers.

"It's basically that it needs to be a safe place for our young men and women to come in and be able to feel comfortable both providing information and gaining information on the enlistment and the commissioning process into our armed forces," said Capt. Molina.

Army officials say they won't focus on changing security measures until they know more about what happened in Chattanooga.

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