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Pentagon allocating $80 million to protect military recruitment centers

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An FBI investigator investigates the scene of the shooting outside the military recruiting center on Lee Highway July 16, 2015. AP photo An FBI investigator investigates the scene of the shooting outside the military recruiting center on Lee Highway July 16, 2015. AP photo

More than a year after the shooting at the recruitment center on Lee Highway,  the Pentagon is allocating $80 million to update protection for its military personnel at recruiting centers.

The Marine Corps will be adding bullet-resistant cubicles to recruiting centers nationwide.

The new bullet-resistant panels are able to withstand several shots from a 7.62mm rifle and are scheduled to be installed nationwide by the end of 2019.

As of now, Marine Corps recruiting personnel are not allowed to carry weapons on site.

Meanwhile the Navy announced in July of 2016 that it was in the process of installing armed sailors at its recruiting offices.   

The Navy is also making physical changes to recruiting stations. If changes are not possible the naval recruiting center will move to a new location or be closed.

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