It is time for students to start heading to school. But some college graduates are still struggling to find jobs and many are now enlisting in the military instead.
The U.S. Army and Navy are seeing the biggest increases. Those recruiters in Abilene say they are seeing a similar trend.
"We do see a higher volume of some of the grads from college mainly due to the fact that whatever they studied in, didn't really work out as far as getting a job," Sergeant Don Parrott, a U.S. Army recruiter, said.
The increase in college graduates seeking to enlist is a recent trend both Parrott and Navy Recruiter Michael Dean have not been able to ignore.
"Within the last year and a half to two years, we've seen a lot more college graduates come into our office," Dean said.
They say joining the military is more than just a temporary fix.
"They're also looking for a lot of skilled training and on the job training," Parrott said.
"Whether you come in enlisted or an officer, you are getting that experience-- whether it's just for four years -- you are getting experience which will make you more marketable when you get out," Dean said.
And college degrees are an asset to the military.
"You give to the military and the military gives to you and it's a win-win for everyone," Parrott said.
You do not need a college degree to enlist in the military, but it can help you on your way to becoming an officer.
Recruiting stations for the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines Corps are located at 4365 South 1st Street in Abilene.
In Brownwood, recruiting stations for the U.S. Navy and Army are located at 300 Early Boulevard.