Posted on Jan 6, 2015
CW5 Jim Steddum
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Today, I was evaluation military briefings from candidates of Warrant Officer Candidate School class 15-05. They present an oral lessons learned brief as a part of their course. The can brief on any lesson learned that they choose. One student today brief on his experiences trying to submit a WOFT packet through multiple recruiting stations in New York and Pennsylvania. I have heard numerous LL briefs concerning the lack of recruiter knowledge and motivation to work WOFT packets. I once received a brief from a candidate that have several years flying experience with the LA County Sheriff's Department went to a recruiting stations and explicit knowledge about applying for flight candidacy. The recruiter asked, "You can do that?"

Does anyone out there have any knowledge of why warrant officer briefings and recruiting battalions have a lack of knowledge of processing WOFT packets on the Active Duty. The Army National Guard seems to have it mostly right.
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CW4 Battalion Aviation Maintenance Officer
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While I'm not certain if this is the exact reason, I had this same conversation with another Warrant at one of my previous duty stations who also happened to have been a recruiter when he was enlisted. Basically what he told me was that the recruiter was responsible for putting together the same packet that we all do when we apply for Warrant Officer, but even if the candidate is accepted into the WOFT program it doesn't count against the recruiter's quota. So basically what it came down to was that it was a lot of work and hassle with very little reward on the part of the recruiter. This would be my assumption as to why they don't spend much time familiarizing themselves with this program. Are there any other recruiters out there that can confirm that?
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Rustin Cole
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Sorry to revitalize this rather old post, but just to respond to your question in full: The recruiter that told you this information was either lying or blissfully ignorant. WOFT candidates are just like OCS candidates. They actually count for 2 recruits against their quota (2 for 1 deal).
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As a recruiter for the past 6 years, the answer is simply. They do not teach the program at the school house. They briefly talk about it but they don't teach what it takes to do a build a packet or the requirements for the program. It is something you are expected to learn on the job. It is explained in the regulations but we all know there are Soldiers that rather plead ignorance than educate themselves.
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Brad Powers
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I wonder if it is something that a applicant could be smart enough as well as motivated enough to help a recruiter with. I feel that U.S. Military recruiters are a bit hesitant to step outside of the comfort zone just because somebody (especially a civilian) wants them to.
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I wonder if the Army has any faith in the street to seat program.
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