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Release No: 261-00
May 18, 2000


The Department of Defense, in cooperation with Yahoo! Inc., today launched an awareness initiative that will allow Internet users the opportunity to experience a "day in the life" of either a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman.

The "Fantasy Career in Today's Military Contest" will give contest applicants a chance to spend a few days with one of the military Services. Applicants will be required to complete an official entry form and submit an essay and resume through "Yahoo! Careers" homepage at http://careers.yahoo.com (no longer available). The contest was launched to coincide with Armed Forces Day (May 20) and will last through Independence Day (July 4).

"This is an opportunity to use a growing medium - the Internet - to creatively raise awareness of the adventurous and challenging careers available in today's military," said Vice Adm. Patricia Tracey, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy.

"We all have fantasy jobs we'd love to try on," said Tanya Singer, Yahoo! Careers producer. " 'Yahoo! Careers' is offering people an opportunity to experience a job they might not otherwise have considered, and in this case, experience a job they've only seen in the movies."

Each of the military Services - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard -- will review entries by civilian applicants. Each Service will then select and host one winner to take part in one of the following military careers:

Air Force: experience a two-day adventure as an honorary F-15 pilot-in-training.

Navy: fly to an aircraft carrier, join in flight operations and observe operations in the combat director's center aboard this veritable floating city.

Army: train with airborne paratroopers, an Apache helicopter pilot, and experience an actual tandem jump with the world-renowned Army Golden Knights.

Marines: test physical and mental capabilities by going through the Marine Corps' Basic School and be taught how the Marines translate leadership instincts into action.

Coast Guard: experience the many facets of search and rescue operations, including training as a rescue swimmer, riding in a 47-foot self-righting boat and studying the skills of helicopter rescue.

"The contest is just one part of our efforts to more effectively communicate with the American public, to raise awareness of the military's essential role, and to inform youth - and those who influence them - of the opportunities, benefits and careers available in the military," said Tracey.

The contest is open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Winners will be announced in early August and the Fantasy Career military experience will be conducted between August 21 and September 30.

News media inquiries may be directed to Lt. Col. Catherine Abbott, (703) 697-5134 or Maj. Tim Blair (703) 697-5133.

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