Before we begin: I have been the Navy Recruiter in Charge outside of a large city now for two years, prior to that I was a sea going sailor for eight,
spending a vast majority of my time stationed in Japan. I would say that I am quite qualified to author this thread.
Now, throughout a lot of the posts I read on a daily basis, a lot of bad info is presented in regards to Military Recruiters on both a National and
Local level. We are made to look evil constantly and a lot of false truths are presented, on this I am sure we can agree. But ya know what? It's
getting old, and if I can get just one
of my fellow ATS'rs to see the light, well then, I'll be satisfied.
Let's Deny Ignorance folk's shall we?
- We do not force
your child/cousin/BFF/sibling/etc... to enlist. That's illegal. It's an all voluntary military, and has been for a while
- We do not lie to get people to enlist. When I say we, I say it as a whole. Is there one or two out of 100 that do? Of course! But then again, I'm
almost certain that I can apply the same bad apple ratio to a number of other things people hold near and dear, like Religious figures, Teachers, Law
Enforcement officers, Senators, Representatives, Doctors...I mean, I could continue, but I think you get the point. I can apply the same negative
logic against most other people/professions that is used against "those no good lying recruiters". So no, we don’t lie. If a recruiter gets caught
get released from recruiting and reduced in rank
- Does the military accept convicted felons? This one is a little tricky because each branch has it's own requirements, but they are not that far off
from each other. But lets define a felon
. Most people initially think about murder or dealing crack to a baby or something along those lines.
Not true! Those statistics people see include a number of things. For example, in the Navy if you charged with a felony and it is
dismissed/dropped/sealed or reduced guess what? It's still considered a felony. Also the Military uses what is called a "Whole Person Concept". Let
me explain: A young man/woman has a minor felony, i.e. a joint on school property (that's a felony in some instances) when they were 16 and has not
been in any trouble since, but you graduated high school got an associates and scored high on the ASVAB. Are you saying its wrong or dangerous for
this person to serve? I don’t think so. Would any other company turn this person down? Probably not. Do we accept convicted murderers, pedophiles
and rapists. NO. And if they do get in it's an error and promptly handled upon discovery.
- The military is hurting for people, and not meeting their goals. Again not true! You see, thanks to our economy more and more people are turning to
the Military for financial stability and benefits. As a matter of fact, the Military met their goals for FY09 a while back. Proof?
Here you go!
The eligibilty standards are pretty high at the moment,
you better score a 50 or higher on your ASVAB, have very little civil involvement and be in top shape if you want in. So are standards being loward in
recruiting? No, only our goals
-The military is full of dullards and morons. Again, not true. Perhaps back in the day, the average intelligence was a little sub par, but no longer.
In fact, you would be surprised at how many high school seniors, undergraduates and Registered Nurses do not know the meaning of the word maul
, or can remember basic algebra. The largest part of my day is spent turning away applicants who cannot pass the Enlisted Screening
Test (Pre-Asvab). I mean, I seem some what educated, right?
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