Hispanic Students Briefed on Military, DoD Civilian
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
ANTONIO, Texas Nearly 100 students from 11 colleges and
universities and five high schools were given a special treat here
Oct. 9 during DoD's observance of Hispanic American Heritage Month,
including briefings on opportunities at service academies,
in the services and in DoD's civilian work force.
Most of the young adults were decked out in their sharply pressed
ROTC uniforms. They were feted to a Hispanic American lunch cuisine
and escorted to a roomful of displays erected by the services, military
academies and DoD agencies.
"One of the goals of DoD is to increase the representation of
Hispanics. We wanted to start at the early ages, letting high school
and college-aged students know about opportunities in DoD," said
Jimmy Love of DoD's Equal Employment Opportunity Office. "We
wanted to focus their attention on opportunities at each of the military
academies and on Army, Air Force and other services and the civilian
intern programs programs where, if they're college graduates,
they can get a foot in the door in the DoD civilian arena.
He noted some students attended with their counselors and called that
good. "In many cases, it's the counselors who need to get this
kind of information to the young folks so they take advantage of some
of the opportunities," he said.
"We'll probably do more of this in the future to continue spreading
the word. We anticipated there would be about 75 students, but we
set the room up for 90," Love said. "To our surprise, we
had well over 90, because there was standing room only."