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Army closing recruiting stations, moves effort online

Army recruiters are moving online to look for extra hands during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, left, accompanied by Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, right, speaks at a news conference at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., Thursday, March 19, 2020, where scientists are working to help develop solutions to prevent, detect and treat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has become the first military service to announce it is shutting down all of its recruiting stations around the country,  in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, tells Pentagon reporters the service will move to “virtual” recruiting. It will woo recruits more heavily through a variety of social media sites and other online activities. 

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy says it's not yet clear how long the shutdown will last, saying the service will take things day by day.