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Area 51 lured employees with leisure facilities


Posted on Monday, 12 August, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

Area 51 is definitely not all work and no play. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Cooper
Declassified CIA files detail how the US Air Force tackled staff retention issues at the notoriously secretive base.
While the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art aircraft at a top secret base might seem like enough of an incentive to move to Nevada and take up a position at Area 51, back in the 1960s the US Air Force reportedly had great difficulty keeping skilled workers on for extended periods of time.

So great was this problem in fact that officials ended up trying to sell the idea of living and working at the base in much the same way as you might try to sell a holiday home to a prospective buyer.

One declassified CIA file reads more like a tourism brochure than a top secret document with employment at the base being sold on its proximity to Las Vegas and its many pleasures.

The file also describes some of the comforts awaiting employees at the base itself including six bowling alleys, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, six pool tables and a beer bar.
The base also has a wide selection of outdoor sports facilities including a basketball court, four tennis courts, a badminton court, a softball field, a golf cage and more.

Even the local wildlife was put forward as a reason to come and work at the base.

Exactly how successful this new approach was to retaining employees remains unclear, however a mere four years later (in 1968) the USAF's OXCART program was shelved.

It took a total of 42 years for the file - which can be viewed here - to be released to the public.

Source: Muckrock.com | Comments (5)

Tags: Area 51

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Wreck7 on 12 August, 2019, 19:15
I'll bet they even had bumper pool and a pinball machine that worked once in awhile.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nnicolette on 12 August, 2019, 21:30
I applied there last year but they just watched me for a year then decided I didnt qualify. Darn.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker on 13 August, 2019, 0:16
I'd require gummy bears... lots and lots of gummy bears. I mean sports stuff is nice, but  modern tech nerds are going to need free Steam accounts and XBoxes.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timothy on 14 August, 2019, 5:53
They watched you for a year? What did you apply for?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette on 14 August, 2019, 15:42
They were looking for flight attendants i think medical backgrounds were required but im still in school. I guess that is part of thier standard hirong procedure but im sure they are not impressed with the things i saw on UM


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