More young American college graduates are joining the military after discovering that other work is nearly impossible to find. The Navy saw 60 percent more enrollees with college degrees last year than in 2007. For many of those young men and women, the armed services is a career path they never thought they would pursue. “What I thought I’d be doing, going into college as an electrical engineer, I thought that I’d be working with gadgets, making robotic things,” says University of Maryland student Louis Lam. Instead, Lam has enlisted in the Navy after both of his parents lost their jobs.
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