God, military recruiters are relentless. I went through a period of despair during which I was so sure that I wouldn’t get into my college of choice that I sent away for an Army brochure. A few days later, I got my acceptance letter, but then the damn recruiter called me and had the gall to tell me that I could learn lots of more valuable things in the army than I would in college and I’d get paid! “Sgt. Hall” would not take a hint and kept calling me about twice a week for about a month. At one point I guess he wanted to sound cool and started saying things like “Yo, man” and “Watchoo need college for, G?” (I don’t know why because I’ve never spoken like that). Finally one day I put on a fake voice, told him my name was Mike and said the guy he was calling for was my roommate and he moved to another state. He called once more and that was it. Thank God.
Years later, I waited tables at a restaurant and an Air Force recuiter used to come in all the time pitching to the teenagers that worked there while he ate. He didn’t bother me at all, though. I suppose that at age 23 he considered me over the hill for the Air Force! During that same period I was walking home with groceries one day because I didn’t have a car at the time and a man in an Army uniform stopped his car and offered me a ride. I accepted since I figured it was safe and we started talking recruiters. He told me that a few weeks earlier he would’ve been trying to recruit me the whole ride home, but this was his last day as a recruiter because he’d gotten another position with the Army, then went on to explain how competitive a field recruiting is and how the recruiters are under enormous pressure to sign up a lot of people. I asked him if they ever considered that by pressuring teenagers like that they’re getting a lot of kids who aren’t military material, but he said “No, that’s what bootcamp is for”. It just gives me the creeps.