The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 3, 2014

U.S. Army’s Recruiting Battalion, Beckley completing move to Richmond

The United States Army Recruiting Battalion, Beckley (USAREC) in Beckley will be fully relocated to Richmond, Va., by the end of July, military officials said Monday.

It will then officially be known as United States Army Recruiting Battalion, Richmond. The redesignation reflects a planned move to unite Battalion staff who have been operating in two locations, Beckley headquarters in Beckley, and the Tactical Operating Center (TOC) in Richmond since March 2008.

A redesignation ceremony is scheduled Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. in Richmond.

Maj. Randall Agnew, Executive Officer for the Beckley Recruiting Battalion, explained the need for redesignation, saying, “Five of Beckley’s six subordinate recruiting company headquarters are located in Virginia, with their primary recruiting markets and daily mission focus centered in the Norfolk, James River and Richmond areas. Thus, the operational center of gravity for the Battalion is in Virginia.”

Workers were clearing the office Monday.

Of the four full-time employees who were still in Beckley Monday, two planned to retire and two were moving to Richmond, according to statements made by workers.

As far as recruiting goes, the military is becoming more selective and is taking fewer applicants.

A recent report in the Washington Times discovered that Army and Navy recruiters are applying a stricter set of standards on physical fitness, appearance (i.e., tattoos), intelligence tests and other criteria and are recruiting fewer Americans for military service.

The military is taking only around 20 percent of the applicants who walk through the door, according to the report, due partly to troop reductions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Pentagon plans to cut the size of the active duty Army, according to the report.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Sen. Joe Manchin were not available for comment Monday evening.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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