(DailyDig.com) – This week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson spoke with senators and service members about increasing military recruiting. He visited with lawmakers at the US Capitol and spoke with military personnel at the Pentagon.
There has been a general decline in enlistments throughout the military, with the Army reporting particularly severe difficulties in this area during the last year.
Mark Kelly (D-AZ), one of the senators present at the Capitol, noted that his time in the military was the best of his life. It’s a rewarding profession that may open doors outside of the military as well. What they were talking about, then, was how to create tales that pique listeners’ attention, and Johnson is the man for the job.
Kelly stated that Johnson, who has a global audience of 600 million, is brainstorming ways to strengthen military recruitment.
The U.S. Capitol Police also met with Johnson, and they later joked on social networks that he seemed like a good candidate to join the force and predicted he would pass the physical fitness exam.
For example, in “Skyscraper” (2018), Johnson portrayed a veteran who became a security specialist with a prosthetic limb, and in “Walking Tall” (2004), he played a veteran.
The retired wrestler has had the distinction of shaking hands and greeting thousands of handicapped United States veterans and combat heroes who have served in the military, which has served as inspiration for his veteran roles. His characters that he played are also a tribute to the average man or woman who, no matter the circumstances, will reach deep within themselves and do whatever it takes to rescue or defend their loved ones.
The government has used Hollywood celebrities like this before to increase enlistment. Superspy Sydney Bristow, played by Jennifer Garner in the television series “Alias,” recorded a recruiting video for the CIA in 2004.
Air Force recruiters, who had been seeing a decline in enrollment, surrounded cinemas with military gear once “Top Gun: Maverick” was released last year.
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