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Multiple branches of the military will use the country’s most watched event of the year to make a pitch to young Americans as they seek to turn the tide of the ongoing recruiting crisis.

The military branches are turning to creative ways to reach young Americans during the Super Bowl, including buying traditional ad space and attempting to leverage social media to get attention as millions of Americans tune in for the big game, according to

The advertising push comes as multiple branches have been trying to reverse their recruiting fortunes, which saw the Army, Navy and Air Force all miss their targets last year. The Army, which has been the hardest hit by the crisis and came up 10,000 recruits short of its goal last year, purchased ad space for a dozen 30-second commercials on ViX and Paramount+, which will be streaming the game in Spanish, according to the report.

The Army considers Hispanics a key demographic to reach to help fill its recruiting shortfall, the report notes, as the group has had a disproportionate likelihood of joining the branch over the last few years.


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The Armed Joint Forces Color Guard during Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Army has also purchased ad space on Reddit and Instagram in hopes of reaching young Americans engaged on social media during the game, according to the report.

The Air Force will also be highly visible during the game, with the service’s Thunderbirds set to do the flyover of Allegiant Stadium before the game. The branch has also created a filter on Snapchat designed to immerse fans in the stadium and at home during the flyover, releasing a QR code that will allow viewers to use a lens on the social media platform that will put them in the pilot’s seat.

“The front camera places the user in the pilot’s seat in Thunderbirds uniform flying over an aerial view of Las Vegas,” Barry Dickey, the Air Force Recruiting Service’s chief of strategic marketing, told “”The back camera will activate the six F-16 Fighting Falcons in formation depending on where you are in the stadium.”

The Air Force has also purchased a 30-second ad that will be broadcast on the jumbotron during the game, according to the report.


The in-stadium efforts come as the Air Force was involved throughout the week, including setting up a booth at the NFL experience, allowing recruits to get information on the benefits of joining the branch while meeting 22-year-old Air Force 2nd Lt. Madison Marsh, who recently just won 2024’s Miss America competition. Down the road, the branch partnered with the Las Vegas Sphere by providing images that will be used for 3-D advertising.

Miss Colorado, Madison Marsh

Miss Colorado, Madison Marsh, was crowned as 2024 Miss America. (Getty Images)

The Navy, meanwhile, will join the Air Force’s physical presence at the game with two members of the Navy Band taking the field for the joint military color guard before the game, a Navy spokesperson told Fox News Digital. In addition, the Navy “will air a 30-second, in-game Super Bowl commercial in 14 key recruiting markets throughout the country.”

“The featured creative will include two commercials from the Forged by the Sea ‘Never’ campaign, What Matters and Strong Enough, as well as new creative developed to promote the Navy Reserve, The Navy Reserve: The Navy Plus So Much More. In addition, the Navy will air a national commercial on Paramount Plus’ live stream of the Super Bowl,” the spokesperson said.

The Marine Corps, the only branch of the four to hit its recruiting goals last year, will not advertise during the Super Bowl, the report notes, though the service has purchased ad space to air four pre- and post-game commercials on Paramount+.


Those ads will feature the Marine’s “Shifting Threats” advertising campaign, a branch spokesperson told, which is meant to raise the brand awareness of the branch.

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An undergraduate student listens to a U.S. Marine recruiter, Staff Sgt. Tim Norris, during a recruiting presentation on campus at Rutgers University. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

“The centerpiece of the Marine Corps isn’t a platform; it’s the individual Marine,” Lt. Col. Rob Dolan, director of marketing and communication for Marine Corps Recruiting Command, told “The concept behind the Shifting Threats campaign is to explain who we are and what we do for the nation while communicating the Marine Corps’ identity to this generation of prospective Marines.”

None of the branches disclosed how much money they were spending on their Super Bowl ad campaigns, according to, though the Super Bowl is typically one of the most expensive events to advertise during. 


The Army, Air Force and Marines did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

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