Listen: Lt. Col Dave Clay.
U.S. Army recruiters are part of the U.S. Army’s first nationwide virtual hiring campaign June 30-July 2 with a goal of recruiting 10,000 new Soldiers to serve in 150 different occupations. Army National Hiring Days is an all-Army effort to inspire individuals across the nation to consider military service. As part of the three-day hiring event, Army leaders and recruiters across America will encourage individuals to explore the Army’s potential career paths, ranging from traditional combat roles to support positions in logistics, engineering and technology. They will also discuss the benefits of military service, to include health insurance, retirement plans, training and education opportunities, and family support programs. U.S. Army recruiters have focused heavily on virtual communications since mid-March when the COVID19 pandemic necessitated a socially distant society. This new virtual hiring event will be the first time the Army has come together as a whole to leverage the digital space in a concentrated all-Army nationwide recruiting effort.
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. To become an enlisted Soldier in the U.S. Army, individuals must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be 17-34 years old; achieve a minimum score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test; meet medical, moral and physical requirements; and be a high school graduate or equivalent. Qualified applicants are eligible for bonuses up to $40,000 or student loan reimbursement up to $65,000, depending on the selected occupation, length of the contract, and timeline for shipping to basic training.
About Lt. Col Clay:
Lieutenant Colonel James D. Clay commissioned as a second lieutenant Engineer Officer in the United States Army on 1 June 2002 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. His previous assignments include service in Fort Polk, Louisiana from 2003 to 2005 in the 46th Engineer Battalion where he served as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Staff. He also served in Sacramento, California with the USACE Sacramento District from 2005 to 2009 as a project engineer and project manager. After serving in Sacramento, LTC Clay went on to serve as the Commander of the Olympia Recruiting Company in Olympia, Washington. His next assignment was Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington where he served at 555th Engineer Brigade as the Brigade Chief of Current Operations and Brigade Operations Officer. Following Command and General Staff College, LTC Clay then served as the Deputy Director of Public Works, for Area IV at Camp Henry in Daegu, South Korea. He then was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Group Engineer at 3rd Special Forces Group from 2015 to 2017. In his most recent assignment at the United States Army Corp of Engineers Headquarters in Washington, D.C., LTC Clay has served as the Chief of Current Operations as well as the Deputy Executive Director of Civil Works. LTC Clay has earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology, in Rolla, Missouri, and will graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in July 2020. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, The Russian Basic Language Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. LTC Clay’s significant military awards and decorations include: The Meritorious Service Medal (5 x OCL), the Army Commendation Medal (2 x OCL), the Airborne Badge, Army Recruiting Badge, and the as well as the Bronze Order of the Engineer DeFleury Medal. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of Missouri. Dave is married to his wife April of Charlotte, North Carolina and they are expecting their first child in July 2020.