Members of each branch of the military today re-opened the Times Square recruiting station, which is the busiest walk-in recruiting center in the country.
Located at 200 West 43rd Street, it was the nation's first joint armed forces recruiting station. Established in 1946, it was rebuilt in 1998 and has now been renovated to make it more conducive for interviews and discussions with individuals considering joining the military.
In 2006, the Municipal Art Society of New York City designated the building one of "30 under 30": one of 30 buildings built in the past 30 years deemed worthy of landmark status.
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the station’s reopening were LTC Judd Floris, Commander, NYC Army Recruiting Battalion; COL Ivan Monclova, Commander, 1st Marine Corps District; MG Garrett Harencak, Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service; COL Robert Hailey, Acting Deputy Commander North Atlantic Division, US Army Corps of Engineers and CDR Christian Gaskill, Commander, Navy Recruiting District New York.
"This is an iconic building in a truly iconic location, and the updates made to this building will allow our recruiters to better serve the community,” said Stephanie Miller, director of military accession policy for the Department of Defense.
The Times Square station is one of 3,500 across the US, aiming to recruit 250K people a year to serve in the all-volunteer force.