The version of the National Defense Authorization Act being debated this week in the Senate includes language creating an Enlisted Training Corps to encourage community college students to join the military, as Military Times reported.

It would work the same as Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units do at four-year colleges and universities.

“The military must provide new opportunities to expose Americans to military service,” the Senate Armed Services Committee wrote in a report with the draft bill. “While high school students have the option of joining a Junior [ROTC] unit, and four-year college students have long been able to enroll in the Senior [ROTC], there are no formal programs that introduce community and junior college students to the prospect of military service.”

National Guard photo by Capt. Jeremy Idleman