U.S. Marines will not arm recruiters in wake of July 16 attack

Marine Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley, left, interviews Andrew Soucie, a prospective recruit, inside the offices on Lee Highway.

The U.S. Marines will not arm recruiters in the wake of the July 16 attack in Chattanooga, officials confirmed Wednesday.

"Arming Marine recruiters would interfere with recruiter interaction with the public in many places, such as on school campuses and in the homes of prospective applicants," Jim Edwards, Marine Corps Recruiting Command deputy director of public affairs, wrote in an email. "Recruiters showing up armed is not going to make either educators or parents comfortable."

Instead, officials will consider other security upgrades such as adding security cameras, remote-locking doors, or ballistic protection such as movable shields and desk partitions to protect recruiters during possible future attacks such as the one in Chattanooga, when a lone gunman attacked two military sites in the city and killed five service members.