The Huffington Post visited a recruitment center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, to find out who wanted to join the armed forces in 2015 and why. The office, like most recruitment centers around the country, was located where young people flock -- the mall. It was open and welcoming, an ideal spot for connecting with the community.
This was back in October -- before Paris, before Beirut, before Mali, but after the Chattanooga shooting in July, when four marines were killed by a lone gunman. More than a month later, the drum of war feels like it is beating at our doorstep, and yet President Barack Obama says the U.S. will not be sending troops overseas any time soon.
So what is it that brought those young people to a suburban military recruitment center that day?
This interactive explores that question.