Will Osama bin Laden's death inspire more to join U.S. military?

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, and the victory it entails for America,  could inspire more young people to join the armed services, at least according to future military personnel.

7 News talked with a group of young men who had decided long before Sunday's military operation to enlist in the U.S. Marines.

The future Marines and their families attended a question and answer event, hosted by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, on Monday evening at Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles.

The young men said bin Laden's death could inspire more from their generation to enlist.

"I think it will show a lot of motivation in America's will to not give up, no matter what," said Brennan Bernat, who plans on joining the Marines.

"It shows you the U.S. military is not going to give up," added Dylan Whiddon, another future Marine.

Immediately following 9/11, the U.S. saw a spike in military recruitment. However, over the last decade recruitment has risen and fallen.

In recent years recruitment has increased, not because of a major military event, but because of the recession. Analysts say more young people were looking for stable careers.

It's still too soon to tell whether recruitment will rise because of Sunday's event.

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