SAN ANTONIO-Security Service Federal Credit Union isn't sending its lending staff to boot camp, but employees are undergoing training from the U.S. Army to learn what it's like to live in the military.

That knowledge, the CU expects, will help loan officers better understand the unique situations facing members of the armed forces and their families, and get more of them into CU loans. "While we are located on the Fort Carson Army base and have some employees with family in the military, the vast majority of our staff does not have any first-hand experience with military life," explained SVP John Worthington. "They don't know what military families have to deal with, such as frequent relocations, deployments, just a variety of things that the normal Joe and Jane don't have to deal with."

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