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sergeant. 1st Class Jason Blowers, left, a recruiter at the Camp Zama recruiting office in Japan, speaks with new recruit Valerie Moloy about her future career in the military April 5, 2022. The recruiting office recently reopened on mainland Japan to better support potential recruits after a decade-long hiatus.
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CAMP ZAMA, Japan — An Army recruiting office recently reopened here to better support potential recruits on mainland Japan after a decade-long hiatus.

sergeant. 1st Class Jason Blowers, the bureau’s only recruiter, said he was revived due to greater interest in Honshu sites.

He described the office as a one-stop shop that guides potential recruits through the enlistment process, as there is no nearby Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS.

“I am the person who goes to the [high] schools, so I’m the basic recruiter for that, but I’m also the person who is going to assist and write the contract,” he said.

Last year, two recruiters based in Okinawa recruited nearly 40 recruits for all of Japan. The two recruiters previously traveled to mainland Japan once a month to meet potential recruits.

With a dedicated recruiter here, Blowers hopes to travel more often to other military bases in Honshu, from Misawa Air Base in the north to Sasebo Naval Base in the south.

“They’re not always able to get to outlying areas,” Blowers said of other recruiters. “They wanted someone who could be here and facilitate reaching out to individuals and guiding them through the process.”

Without access to a MEPS site, recruiters worked with a doctor from the U.S. Army BG Sams Health Clinic here to conduct medical evaluations for potential recruits.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, can also be taken at Camp Zama Education Center. Blowers, who can draw on his 10 years of experience as a recruiter, would then complete the paperwork for the contract.

“I’ll be the one they talk to initially, the one who fills out their records, does their enrollment process, schedules with the doc, and ultimately is the last person they see when they leave the country for basic training” , Blowers said. .

New recruit Valerie Moloy visited the recruiting office Tuesday to speak with Blowers after deciding to join the military as a 68T, or animal care specialist.

She said the process, which was previously done with another recruiter, went “really smooth” and faster than she thought.

Moloy, 18, who graduated from Zama Middle High School last year, plans to attend basic training at the end of May and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life.

“I have a passion for animals,” said Moloy, who has two dogs, four birds and a rabbit at home. “I love animals and I think I will do this job very well.”

Moloy, whose father is a soldier serving in the US Army in Japan, said she also joined the military so she could travel. As a military brat, she has already been to Japan, Texas, Washington State and Germany twice, but would like to be stationed overseas on her own.

“When you move from place to place, you can meet new people, you are able to explore new things and adapt to a new environment overall,” she said.


The Army earlier this year announced bonuses of up to $50,000 for qualified individuals who sign up for a six-year active duty assignment.  Bonuses may depend on a combination of incentives granted for a specific career field, individual qualifications, length of enlistment and date of shipment for training, according to the US Army Recruiting Command.



The Army earlier this year announced bonuses of up to $50,000 for qualified individuals who sign up for a six-year active duty assignment. Bonuses may depend on a combination of incentives granted for a specific career field, individual qualifications, length of enlistment and date of shipment for training, according to the US Army Recruiting Command.
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The military also offers free college education and health care, and earlier this year announced bonuses of up to $50,000 for qualified individuals who sign up for a six-year active-duty assignment. .

Bonuses may depend on a combination of incentives granted for a specific career field, individual qualifications, length of enlistment and date of shipment for training, according to the US Army Recruiting Command.

The Army has 150 different careers and some of the ones that offer bonuses include Infantry, Special Forces, Radar Repairer, Signal Support Systems Specialist, and Motor Transport Operator.

For Blowers, he first joined the military 17 years ago to be part of something bigger than himself.

He said college wasn’t for him after he graduated from high school and decided to work at an RV factory in northern Indiana.

“There I felt a deeper call that I should do something more with myself,” he said. “One day I saw a sticker for the army, and that was my calling.”

As a recruiter, Blowers said he didn’t want to push an individual in a certain direction that necessarily benefits the military.

“We want [recruits] to find their purpose,” he said, “and help them find what works best for them.”

He said anyone interested in the military can speak with a recruiter as well as other people who served to see what opportunities they had in the military.

“Everyone has different questions,” he said. “I encourage those who have thought about joining the military to ask all their questions.”

(Editor’s Note: Blowers can be contacted by email at jason.e.blowers.mil@army.mil. Its temporary office is located in building 102, room M134. A permanent office is expected to open near the Camp Zama laundry this summer.)

Related links:

News from the U.S. Army Garrison Japan

USAG Japan Official Site

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