Recruits for Army and National Guard service are pulled more often from rural communities, according to a St. Louis
study. The report looked at recruits from nearly every county in the country. In South Carolina, large coastal counties seem less likely to offer up these recruits, even compared to nearby counties like Berkeley and Dorchester. Richland County rated well, likely due to the Fort Jackson Army base. Marine, Air Force, and Navy installations in Charleston and Beaufort may contribute to the lower numbers in those communities.