BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Army National Guard is going strong at nearly 11,000 members state-wide, but now they are looking for more people to join their family.
They are recruiting this weekend at the Connecticut Street Armory.
"We're going to showcase Army National Guard equipment, dump trucks, excavators and soldiers will be on hand to give weapon demonstrations. There will also be people on hand to talk about education," Sgt. First Class Christopher Park said.
Sergeant First Class Christopher Park has served in the Guard for 17 years. He said the educational benefits of the National Guard are outstanding.
"We pay for 100 percent tuition to a state university, and there is money available for a private school. One of the biggest educational opportunities is going to school for free so you don't have the debt hanging over your head," Sgt. Park said.
What is the guard really all about? Sgt. Park explains.
"Our National Guard is one of the more busy groups because we do all the things at home like help at home with natural disasters and anti-terrorism security but we also help support the army in Iraq," Sgt. Park said.
Sgt. Park himself has been deployed overseas and now heads the Masten Avenue Armory. In between all this, he also got married and now has six children. He said soldiers don't have to choose between the army and a family.
"The army is very supportive of family and has all sorts of programs to support soldiers when they are away," Sgt. Park said.
He does say it is a commitment. The contracts run between three to six years and Sgt. Park said soldiers must live up to the task .
"Some people say oh I'm too girly for this. A lot of people can do this you just have to test yourself and see what you can do," Sgt. Park said.
The recruitment event will take place this Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo. Wrestlers from the WWE will be on hand to meet and greet. The event is free and open to the public.