The Inglewood Army recruiting station is tucked into a strip mall in a gritty part of Los Angeles. Its neighbors are a liquor store, fast food outlets and palm trees. Inside are the familiar posters: smiling soldiers with the slogans “Army Strong” and “Army Team.”
Sergeant First Class Nathan Anslow runs this station. He points to something new just inside the door. A stack of questionnaires — coronavirus screening forms. It’s the first stop for potential recruits.
“I go over the screening questions,” he said. “Do they have any of the symptoms? Have they felt any of this? Have they travelled? Are they currently sick or been around someone who’s sick?”
On the table are Clorox wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Another table holds boxes of protective gear.
“So if they come to the office and don’t have masks and gloves, I have some to provide for them,” he said.
Every recruiter here already is wearing a mask. Anslow sports a white one. Others have black masks, an LA Dodgers mask. And, of course, a few camouflage masks to match their uniforms.
This store front office normally would hold 11 recruiters. But in the age of distancing, Anslow has chopped down that number. Now just three recruiters at a time are in the office, and only three recruits — who come in just to sign the final paperwork.And the all-important parents?“So if the parents want to sit down and go over things, I set up a separate appointment,” Anslow said. “Because we don’t want a bunch of people in here at the same time because it puts everybody at risk.”Recruiters are somewhat stuck […]