How to Work with Your Military Recruiter

Learn how to work with your recruiter in this US army basic training video from Howcast with Sergeant Michael Volkin.

Transcript

Too many people give recruiters a bad name. You might have heard about someone who visited a recruiter once and had a bad experience, If you follow my advice here the meeting with your recruiter should be informative and stress-free. Alright let's review some tips. First, you should feel comfortable with your recruiter. Believe me, there are lots of them out there, so if you don't feel comfortable, simply walk away and find another one. Another tip: it's okay to take your parents or a friend. A lot of recruits are embarrassed, but it's okay. Sometimes the person that you bring will actually ask some questions you might have otherwise forgot to ask. Another tip: maximize what you could be getting paid by asking a recruiter about any high-demand specialties. Your existing skills or interests could correlate perfectly with what the military is looking for. There might be a big bonus in there for you. Think carefully about your start date and length of commitment. If you don't like cold weather, avoid signing a contract that will put you in basic training in the winter - something I should have done. Take your time to look over all contracts. A simple typo could cost you a lot of money, and even time. And also, take a notepad with you. Whenever your recruiter promises or tells you something to do, you wanna write that down, so when it's time to review your contracts you can also review that notebook to make sure everything was included. Finally, and most importantly, be honest with your recruiter. Don't hide any prior injuries or allergies or addiction to crack-cocaine. It's all gonna come, in the future, back to bite you in the butt.

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