Posted on Apr 27, 2014
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What are some of those things that your recruiter or officer-selection-officer got right? Did they take extra time to mentor or prepare you for the rigors of training? Did they give you a glimpse of the future, and take measures to help get you there? Did they execute sound and responsible leadership? In my own case, my Recruiter was all of these things and more; a mentor, leader, professional, and friend who helped prepare me for the road ahead... has anyone else had a similar experience? How did it impact your career, your outlook, leadership/mentorship style, or impression of the military? Please feel free to share any informative and/or inspirational stories, articles, photos, etc. about Recruiting or Recruiters. I'm certain this will be a great conversation, so strap on your seatbelts, it's time to get this thing started; thank you for all that you do, and... see you all in the discussion threads!
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I held my OCS Board with a group of NG LTCs and COLs that were stationed with me in Bosnia (I am intentionally omitting dates and the state involved). They had just rotated in and didn't know me personally, which I thought was fair.

When I went to Germany to raise my right hand, my recruiter's supervisor SFC Blue (great guy), took me aside and let me know about the many racist comments that the officers had made in their "recommendations" for OCS. They said things like, "very articulate for a black person; a real credit to her race;" "being black, I would have expected a faster run time, but she is coming from the civilian world so that probably accounts for it;" "would be of great use to AFRICOM;" and my personal favorite: "remarkably likable, untrue of much of her kind." And this is just a sample of what I remember. He asked if I wanted to try to reconvene a board in Germany and get rid of these board comments. I declined. He offered to see if he could have them stricken from my record. I declined again. I told him I needed to keep them because when I pick up O6, I will have my OCS board comments read aloud. He clapped me on the back and told me he knew I was going to make it.
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wow, this was written on official documents? Amazing!!! I am shocked that they would even consider putting words like that down on paper.
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They truly felt they were being complimentary.
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SGM Jerry Finin
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Enlisting me!
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SSG Jeffrey Spencer
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That my first enlistment was for 3 years. ;oP
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