By: Crystal Britt
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - It's a huge commitment, enlisting for a job that has such risks during this time of uncertainty. Even so, thousands of Heartland men and women continue to sign up for the National Guard. Some are as young as 17, others in their early 40's. A growing number are women. The Missouri National Guard reports numbers overall are up, although recruiting is still a challenge especially in a time of war. Last year's numbers are in, and more than 2,000 people in Missouri signed up, most of those - individuals who haven't served before. Out of that, 15% percent are women. They're a segment of the population that's continuing to find its place in what was once a man's world.