Why The Military Is Expecting Droves Of New Volunteer Troops
(TruthandLiberty.com) – Navy and Air Force recruiters expect to see more prospects showing up to enlist after the release of the popular film “Top Gun: Maverick.” They’re hoping the movie will inspire a new generation of potential pilots, much as the original “Top Gun” did in 1986. The Naval Academy saw a 10% increase in applicants after the first release of the iconic title.
Navy veteran Jeff Gage is a great example of how a film can inspire service. After seeing the original movie, Gage, then a junior in college, decided to enlist. Three decades later, he found himself on the set of the sequel to the original that quite literally changed his life, working alongside none other than Tom Cruise.
Maj. Gen. Edward W. Thomas believes they’ll see a bump in recruitment similar to the one the military branches experienced with the first movie, noting that while he was already an avid fan of military aviation, “Top Gun” upped the game for him. The major general is now Commander of Air Force Recruiting Services.
The new film raked in over $100 million during its opening weekend and has fantastic ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. The Air Force was so optimistic about the sequel’s effect on recruiting that it put out a new ad, which Thomas called a “high-speed, adrenaline-pumping aviation air power commercial,” just before the new installment’s release. It certainly does seem to fit the bill.
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