Military Offers 'Fantasy Jobs' Through Yahoo!
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May. 23, 2000 The U.S. military and Yahoo! are teaming up to deliver action-packed military jobs to winners of the "Fantasy Careers in Today's Military" contest.
Yahoo! is going to feature some military occupations among its "fantasy" jobs. Winners will get to experience military jobs in a way that has never been offered before.
The winner in the Air Force category, for example, will get to shadow an F-15 pilot, then fly in the aircraft.
The winner in the Army category will fly in an Apache helicopter at Fort Rucker, Ala., then parachute with the Golden Knights at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The Navy winner will experience life aboard an aircraft carrier. He or she will fly to the ship aboard a C-2A Greyhound, then see how the crew makes the floating city work.
The Marines will offer the winner a taste of officer basic training at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
The Coast Guard will give winners the chance to train with rescue swimmers, ride in a self-righting boat and participate in helicopter rescue training.
"This contest is about the public meeting military service members, getting to know who they are, and experience firsthand their maturity, dedication and professionalism," said Navy Cmdr. Yvette Brown-Wahler, DoD's assistant director for recruiting plans. "This is a way for ordinary people from Main Street USA to connect with extraordinary people doing exciting, thrilling and challenging jobs while serving their country."
The contest runs through July 4 and calls for entrants to write an essay answering why they would want to participate in one of these jobs.
U.S. residents age 18 and older who want to participate simply need to go to careers.yahoo.com, click on the "Fantasy Careers" link, register for a free Yahoo! ID, complete a resume and essay, and they're on their way. They can enter one or all five contests. Prizes include round-trip airfare, accommodations, meals, ground transportation, and up to a five-day-long immersion experience in today's military. Members of the various services will judge the entries.
Yahoo! approached DoD about joining its fantasy job contest. "Yahoo! came to us actually, with respect to their jobs site and an idea of incorporating some of the information on the variety of jobs that we have available every year," said Vice Adm. Patricia A. Tracey, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy. "We recruit about 350,000 people every year. We have a huge number of vacancies.
"We are seeking different ways of exposing the American people to who we are as a military and, in particular, exposing them to who the people are who are in today's military. This seemed like an unusual way to do that that really begins to introduce us a little bit better to how to use a medium like the Internet for our purposes." She said DoD will spend about $250,000 to promote the Yahoo! contest. DoD already spends some $300,000 on advertising on the Internet.