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Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, commander of the Army Recruiting Command, speaks during Thursday’s media roundtable for Army National Hiring Days.

Local Army recruiters are participating in Army National Hiring Days, which began May 10 and continue until June 14.

This is the second year for the nationwide virtual career fair where people can talk one-on-one with an Army recruiter and learn about the variety of job opportunities and signing bonuses available.

Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, commander of the Army Recruiting Command, based at Fort Knox, Kentucky, led a media roundtable Thursday about the event. He said the Army is focusing on 11 understrength career fields.

“We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to be able to grow the Army,” Vereen said.

Last year’s event produced 30,000 leads with people who wanted more information about the Army. “This year we hope to double our leads, so roughly 60,000,” Vereen said.

The 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion, based at Redstone, recruits potential medical officers in the Southeast portion of the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“There are a lot of great applicants here,” Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Coubal, the battalion’s command sergeant major, said of the local community. He mentioned Oakwood University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, the University of North Alabama and residency programs at Huntsville Hospital.

Other participants in the media roundtable included Col. Amy Roy, deputy commander of the Medical Recruiting Brigade; and Col. Jason Kerr, commander of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade.

The Army sees this time of year as a prime opportunity for recruiting as people look for summer employment and graduate from high school.

“We think the Army’s got a lot to offer,” Kerr said. “We want to help out as many of these fine young Americans as we possibly can.”

People who enter the 11 priority career fields by Sept. 30 could potentially receive a $2,000 signing bonus.

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