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If you're looking for a job and think the military might be the way to go, think again. A new government report on unemployment throws a new wrench into the plans of those considering getting out of the jobless ranks and into the military ranks: The military isn't the reliable source of employment that it used to be, according to a CNN report.

The Army and Marine Corps are trimming their numbers, and there's a nearly yearlong waiting list to get into boot camp, no matter which branch you want to join, the CNN report says.

The state of the economy has a lot to do with the military's abundance of riches these days.

"In a tighter job market, young men and women may be more receptive to learning about the many opportunities the military has to offer, from competitive salaries and compensation packages, extraordinary education benefits, to valuable job skills and leadership training," Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith is quoted as saying in an email to CNN.

Smith said that since the war in Afghanistan began, troop salaries and benefits have jumped significantly.

"From 2002-2010, military pay rose 42%, housing allowances have risen 83%," she says in the CNN report.

During the same time period, private-sector salaries rose 32 percent, the report says.

Read more about how the jobless market is affecting the military by CNN.


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