For recruiters with the South Dakota National Guard, it's full steam ahead. But with concerns over budget cuts and sequestration, finding new enlistees is more difficult than in the past.
"I think there's a common misconception that people think that it's going to affect those one weekend a month, two weeks a year soldiers, where the sequestration only affects our federal technicians," National Guard Recruiter SSGT Katie Lindwurm said.
Even though the times are changing, guard officials say that their recruiting goals aren't, and they're still looking for around 300-new recruits every year.
"Our goals for recruiting really haven't changed. We have about the same amount every year that we need to recruit to maintain our level of readiness," Michels said.
It's perks like 100-percent tuition reimbursement and top-shelf health benefits that are still attracting enlistees.
"I have a family, two little girls and a wife, so there's definitely some benefits there as far as medical and different things like that," enlistee Carl Johnson said.
"It's going to pay for my schooling at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, so it's a big hunk of change I don't have to pay for, plus it's a job I'm going to like," enlistee Seth Eisenbraun said.
For Seth Eisenbraun, that means playing the saxophone in the Army National Guard Band.
"I've auditioned for the guard band already and passed. I go down to MEPS on Monday, sign my contract and kind of finish things out," Eisenbraun said.
"The South Dakota National Guard, it's a community, it's a family. We work here together, we work hard, we train hard and we provide a valuable service to our state and nation when called upon," Michels said.
And recruiters are working hard to keep that service as strong as ever.
To learn more, visit the South Dakota Army National Guard's website.