Tell people about all the damn money they will make. Recruiters, and the Army in general, places too much emphasis on “money for college, money for college…”
Fuck that. It’s not that appealing to many people. And there’s people like me who–in highschool–thought that all you get is money for college. I thought you go to Basic for free, serve in the Army like a conscript for a couple years, and then you get paid some money for college. Like some kind of bust-your-ass scholarship.
Make sure you explain to people the financial entitlements during service. Not just the base pay, but the tax-free BAH, the tax-free BAS, tax-free COLA, Bonuses, language pay, professional pay, airborne pay, special duty pay. Fuck man… what business is going to start off an unskilled, unexperienced 17 or 18 year old in an entry level position making that kind of money!?
Fuck the defending freedom and college tuition angle. Tell them about the money!!
Other than that, I’m sorry to hear you’re on assignment for recruiting. I’ve never heard a single person say they enjoyed it. I know some people who volunteered for it to avoid deploying. But other than that, nobody ever wants to do it, and nobody ever enjoys it.
I was DA Select for recruiter once. I’m the only person I know of, or that anyone knows of, who was able to sham out of it! I fought with that branch to release me back to infantry branch so I could avoid three years of cold calling and and ass kissing. I wanted desperately to avoid having that kind of desk job. I thought I had won, until I got my new orders for Op Sergeant. (Another Desk Job) Bastards.