Meeting The Recruiter

I've recently made an appointment to meet with an Army Recruiter and my dad wants to go with me. I've talked to him about joining and gotten him on board with it so its not like hes going with to be convinced by the recruiter or sabotage my attempts or anything. My objection to him coming with is that i'm 21 years old. If I walk in with my dad in tow is the recruiter going to take me seriously? Should I talk my dad out of coming or would it be good to bring him? While researching the army i've read online thats it good to take someone with you but like I said im worried that if its my dad im not going to taken seriously in my quest to join the Army.

Any advice would be helpful.
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As long as you qualify for the Army meeting the recruiter is not that big of a deal billybob, if your serious about joining the Army then it doesn't matter if you bring your mom or your dog or your girlfriend. Just go talk to him, make your dad happy and let him go also.

The important part is not getting jive talked out of the job that will make you happy with your next career.


Lol @ Nikki, "I'm also 21 so have no fear. But I'm also a female."

Please never use that excuse again Future Soldier!
Also your dad can act as a mediator of some sorts. I personally took my mom, actually she went up and got information for me to look over. Just talk to your dad before you go in and explain your plans. Have you done any research on what job you want?
Ok,so I am going to assume that you have already met your Recruiter? These people are giving you bad advice when they tell you to only take one job or walk.The Army wants people that want to SERVE their country.Too often people walk in to a recruiting station thinking that they are qualified for something that they simply are not.So if you have taken the ASVAB and have the line scores to support what job you "think" you want, then good.If you do not have the line scores, then you will be waiting for a very long time, which means forever.You need to remember that this is not 2004,05,06,07,08,09 or even 10 for that matter.With the economy the way that it is,the Army is not struggling to make its recruiting goal. There are people with 4 year degrees that do not get selected for OCS that take jobs like that. Not always, but often. You do not have to believe me, but I am sure that you can figure out what I do for a living.
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Originally posted by 13Fguy1:
Ok,so I am going to assume that you have already met your Recruiter? These people are giving you bad advice when they tell you to only take one job or walk.The Army wants people that want to SERVE their country.Too often people walk in to a recruiting station thinking that they are qualified for something that they simply are not.So if you have taken the ASVAB and have the line scores to support what job you "think" you want, then good.If you do not have the line scores, then you will be waiting for a very long time, which means forever.You need to remember that this is not 2004,05,06,07,08,09 or even 10 for that matter.With the economy the way that it is,the Army is not struggling to make its recruiting goal. There are people with 4 year degrees that do not get selected for OCS that take jobs like that. Not always, but often. You do not have to believe me, but I am sure that you can figure out what I do for a living.


This is true. Keep an open mind and do not get overly fixated on just one job. You may not qualify for it, the job may not be available, or any number of other things might come up that keep you from getting that one particular job in your contract. We had one girl come in with her father, who is a senior NCO in Signals Branch. She was unable to qualify for the cushy signals job they wanted and it took a short while for him to realize that Laundry and Shower Specialist was the only job she was qualified for, and then only with a line score exception.

As for bringing a parent or other influencer, I've never met a Recruiter that frowns on it. In fact, down here in Louisiana it is often the parent that brings their deadbeat late-teens/early-twenties kids to the office.
Another thing to remember is that the recruiting numbers are steadily going down, if you come into the office demanding a certain job and I look on the system and call the ROC and it doesn't show up and they have no dates set then I can't help you.

I have been told "I want Ranger or nothing" before and I have told them that they do not qualify for it and have a nice day (they actually didn't qualify for it), and for the people that do qualify for the job, but as stated before about training seats and avail, they are told up front about how long it will take for a job to open up (sometimes these jobs open up around the 1st of the new fiscal year). I have no problem putting a person on the back burner and checking once in a while to see if what they want has opened up, but I will not spend every second of my day to find 1 person, that only wants 1 job, what he/she wants.

For the past couple months I have only been seeing 1 or 2 jobs at a time pop up on our system. If you come in the office with an open mind and a list of different jobs then I can help, this gives us more room to find a job for you. Re-classing is always an option, pick something right off the bat that sounds interesting but you know you don't plan on doing the whole time you are in. I have switched my MOS 2 times already, it makes you more marketable when you do decide to get out.

Parents: I love when parents come in the office with their kids, they are deciding factor, for the most part, if the kid wants to get in or not. And 90% of the time they ask the questions that need to be asked. I have only had a couple parents that come in demanding stuff for their kids, these conversations don't last very long.

Girlfriends/boyfriends: Bring them in, they will be supportive and they want to know what is going on. The are major influences if you decided to join, they will either be on board or make it hard for you to make a decision.

Wives/Husbands: Same as above, they mostly want to hear what the Army can offer them for support (i.e. housing, medical, dental...ect)

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