High school students get a taste of army life

By WEEK Producer

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 8:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some local students got a taste of what it is like to be in the military during a special assignment on Friday.

Recruiters from the U.S. Army stopped by Richwoods High School. They came armed with several exercises, including individual and team events, which tested students' agility and skills.

"We're trying to teach the children that there are a lot of other opportunities they need to look into," said Army Captain Mark Welch. "When they get in here, they get a chance to put information into a computer, it provides them with information on fields they might be interested in in the future and then they can focus on how to get there."

The recruiters said job opportunities and tuition assistance are also big benefits of joining the military.

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