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n May, CBS News Correspondent Bob McNamara reported that the Army planned to halt recruiting for one day to re-instruct its recruiters on what they may and may not legally do to persuade young people to enlist. The retraining "stand-down" occurred on May 20.
As McNamara reported in May, "Going Army" and making history appealed to 20-year-old Chris Monarch, so he called a Houston recruiting office.
"I recognized the name," he said. "His name was Kelt."
Sgt. Thomas Kelt was the recruiter.
But a new baby changed Monarch's plan to enlist and he cancelled his meeting with the recruiter.
"I said I'm a volunteer firefighter and eventually gonna try to go career with it and I'm just not interested anymore and I hung up the phone," Monarch said.
But the recruiter wouldn't take no for an answer -- with a phone message threatening Monarch with arrest if he didn't show.
"By federal law you got an appointment with me at two o'clock this afternoon at Greenspoint Mall." said Kelt. "OK, you fail to appear and we'll have a warrant, OK? So give me a call back."
In fear, Monarch called the recruiter back.
"He said, 'Oh Chris, don't worry about that. That's just a marketing technique I use,"' Monarch recounted.