JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa National Guard kicks off its first day of football at Camp Dodge Monday. In conjunction with the NFL it`s hosting three free high school player development football camps.
Each camp is limited to 200 players grades nine through twelve on a first come, first served basis. Iowa National Guard officials say this camp is tied in with recruiting efforts.
Colonel Greg Hapgood says less than 25 percent of possible recruits are eligible to serve in the military because of physical issues. “We’re interested in encouraging kids to up their physical fitness so at some point in their life, if they want to be an asset to our nation, they can do so,” said Hapgood.
The Iowa National Guard has been at 100% for recruiting since 9/11.