posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 11:45 AM
First of all, the information provided about recruiters being offered bonuses for contracts is absolutely false. No one in the Army, Navy, Marines, or
Air Force EVER gets anything other than their base pay, and appropriate BAS/BAH.
That said, I just quit my job as a DoD Contracted civilian Army recruiter, and yes, I was paid largely on commission. This is part of the reason I no
longer recruit. The other reasons being largely that I spent way too much time dealing with 17-20 year olds, who apparently, I can't stand to be
around. Oh well, bring on the next crap job...
When I joined the Army, I was not recruited. I was one of those guys who walked into the office and said, "I want to go Airborne". So I did.
But I'll tell you this: When I walked into that office, I was 19, had just graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy (that was fun), but I
did not have a high school diploma. My recruiter and I met with the administrator of an adult education program one day, and then again two weeks
later, at which point she handed my my diploma. I also had been charged with a public intox and tresspassing (at a 7-11), for which I owed $250 in
fines. I never heard another thing about that, other than since then, I have had several federal criminal background checks run for various jobs and
permits, and those charges NEVER APPEARED on any of them.
So I feel I personally owe a debt of gratitude to my recruiter, whether it was wrong or not.
Have I thought about committing fraud in the job? Absolutely. Fortunately, I was never sufficiently tempted by the prospect. The way I saw it was that
if a future soldier had a condition that would cause him to be a liability in any way throughout his carreer, or if the condition was one that could
cause him to become dead (ie. athsma), I would simply tell him that I was sorry, that he would never be a soldier. But if someone who was once
counselled by their Bishop for having impure thoughs, or fighting with a sibling (a type of counselling that requires review and waiver), I would be
completely willing to tell him to shut his or her mouth. Not because it wasn't important to report, but really because the time and effort it takes
to process the paperwork and wait for a waiver reccommendation to turn around. Which is even more wrong, in my opinion.
The fact is that if you want to be a member of the Armed Forces, you MUST be highly qualified. You also must volunteer. Anyone with what I deemed to
be sufficient motivation and dedication, someone who WANTED to do the work, would get some preferential treatment and coaching on the enlistment
process. This doesn't mean that I would fraudulently qualify an obviously unqualified candidate, but I sure would give him the addresses and phone
numbers of the places he needed to go and people he needed to talk to in order to get his shot group tight.
Fraudulent enlistment is the reason why things like Abu Graib happens. Fraudulent enlistment is the reason why Hassan Akbars slip through the
But you understand that congress just called for an increase in troop strength by over 80,000 for the Army alone. And since uniformed recruiter's
carreers are dependent upon mission accomplishment, I think many of them have to consider what might be the repercussions of failure in the position.
Failure in a recruiting post for three years could mean reaching the E-6 retention control point and being booted out of the job without any hope for
retirement. What to do then.
Well, an infantryman would tell you improvise, adapt, and overcome. By any means available. Sad but true.