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Iraqis step up at volunteer drive
By Sgt. James P. Hunter, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. Public Affairs
Dec 17, 2007 - 10:19:41 AM
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Alongside an Iraqi Army Soldier, Richmond, Va., native, Spc. Chris Johnson, Company D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provides security in Dur Sud during a volunteer recruitment drive Dec. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James P. Hunter, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. Public Affairs)
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A three-day recruitment drive was held in the Dawoodi, Dur Sud and Andulus neighborhoods of northwest Baghdad to recruit candidates for a local police force Dec. 10 to 12.

Nearly 100 men from each neighborhood came, all seeking the same thing - a job in the community.

"They want jobs," 1st Lt. Matthew Nicholl, platoon leader and native of Lawrence, Kan., with Company D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment. "The biggest thing we are going to do for this muhallah (neighborhood) is give 75 guys jobs; because if they're not working for us, they're working for other guys."

The troops of Company D worked with the local Neighbor Advisory Council members to generate a list of names of possible candidates. The NAC members chose the candidates and invitations to the recruitment drive were sent to each of them.

The candidates went through a series of in-processing procedures. They were fingerprinted to check if they had a criminal background and medics gave them a physical screening to check their health status. They were also given a physical fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a 100-meter sprint.

Finally, they were interviewed by Iraqi National Police commanders who approved or disapproved them for recruitment into the volunteer force.

The final list of possible candidates goes to the Ministry of Interior, where they choose the 75 best candidates per neighborhood, said Nicholl.

Placing these volunteers near their homes, where they know and have built trust with the local citizens, puts a known face on security issues. 

One man, Yaser Abdul Satar, sported a tattoo of Iraq with the nation's colors in it. He said it's a symbol of his love for his country, which is one reason Satar wants to be a part of this volunteer force.

"The area is safe," said Spc. Chris Johnson, driver and native of Richmond, Va., with Company D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment. "They patrol often, going to the local schools and talking with the children.

"If these men are in place to identify those who do not belong and are known criminals they will be successful," added Johnson.

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Iraqi citizens and candidates for the volunteer force in Dur Sud, run a 100-meter sprint during the physical fitness test at the volunteer recruitment drive Dec 11. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James P. Hunter, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. Public Affairs)
An Iraqi man performs push-ups during the physical fitness test at the volunteer recruitment drive in Dur Sud Dec 11. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James P. Hunter, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. Public Affairs)


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