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Robert Long, regional recruiter for the Department of Juvenile Justice, told 13WMAZ the Youth Detention Center is faced with several challenges in filling officer positions.

Long attributes some of that to Eastman YDC's rural surroundings, the inability of many applicants to pass a required background test, and the pay for entry-level officers.

"When people are commuting to work, it really affects their bottom line dollar, and I've lost staff purely on the fact of the commute," Long said.

He says right now they are looking to hire 70 people and they're giving a leg up to members of the military looking to move into civilian jobs.

The starting salary for level one officers at the YDC is $24,300, but veterans can earn 10 percent more.

"What we're really looking for is career-minded people that want to progress that don't want to look at this as a job, but as a career, because the career paths are there. If you start as a juvenile corrections officer I, you can compete for JCO2, which is a sergeant," Long said.

The positions require that the applicant have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, pass a background check, COMPASS test and physical test.

The Department of Juvenile Justice has 27 facilities statewide.

To find out more on how to apply, visit Georgia Dept. of Juvenile Justice

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