Posted on May 20, 2016
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When I got out of the Guard in 2015, I immediately contacted the USMC. I wanted to join a disciplined environment, because I needed it (and still need it).

My first recruiter expressed interest and said I met all of the qualifications to join. I shook hands with him, then departed. I followed up with emails and phone calls. He was ignoring me.

A friend of a 'senior' USMC recruiter said he would help. This senior recruiter said that it was weird that a recruiter would fall off the face of the earth like that, and that he would help. 3 months later, after realizing he wasn't responding to calls/emails either, I lost patience and joined the Reserves.

Of course, THE DAY AFTER I signed for the Reserves, he calls me back.

What gives? What could possibly distract recruiters months at a time from actually recruiting? I ask because I'm thinking about inquire again in 2018.

Apologies if I sound like a nagging hag, it's been a chip on my shoulder for a while.
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CSM David Heidke
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They didn't need the contract and they were stringing you until the next quota period.
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CPT Kurk Harris
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SFC J Fullerton - I am right there with you SFC Fullerton. Prior service candidates are low on the totem pole, and not worth the trouble if you don't need that category that month. It's brutal but true. I always told my prior service candidates that up front. I liked putting them in, but usually made them do leg work so I didn't have to. I was too busy trying to find qualified non-prior service applicants.
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SFC J Fullerton
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CPT Kurk Harris - Not to mention that 99.9% of the Prior Service who want back in have RE code issues. Rarely does a clean RE 1 prior walk in the door wanting back in.
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CPT Kurk Harris
CPT Kurk Harris
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RE 3 for 600-9, with 2 article 15s, and still overweight...Next Please!
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CPT Jeff Robinette
CPT Jeff Robinette
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I graduated from High School in 1975. My first contact with a recruiter was not positive. He was an Air Force E-7; I was 17 and didn't have a clue. Graduation for me was just over a year away. College wasn't in the cards.
The first thing he does is reching into his desk drawer and pulls out a bottle of Jim Beam and 2 shot glasses.I never went back.
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GySgt John Olson
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SPC (Join to see) I agree with CSM David Heidke. Having been a canvassing recruiter, I know you don't want to harvest all the low hanging fruit immediately. He screwed up in that he didn't keep you engaged so you wouldn't look elsewhere, but the simplest explanation (other than just plain laziness) is the had made mission and was sitting on you for later.
You know, just like some guys treat girls they plan to "date" later.
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Cpl Ray Frigerio
Cpl Ray Frigerio
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wow . I feel special now . They kept after me even when I changed my mind...
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Im enlisting in the national guard in Wisconsin. I took the PICAT test on past Saturday November 4th ,morning, but my recruiter needed me to finish my address sheets and two more sheets before I go to MEP. she needed info on people I knew at old and current addresses. me being on the brink of homelessness for the past 5 years, and not knowing peoples full information, we were in a kind of heated text, call convo for about an hour. she kept pushing me to give her information on them. she wanted (first. (middle), and last names, as well as DOB, age, current address.) I didn't have all that. Ive lived In the most ghetto, poorest parts of Milwaukee. its common that people you do know in the neighborhood, you'd be lucky to even know their actual real first name instead of us usually walking around calling each other by nicknames. She's going on VACA this month, and stressed that she wouldn't be back until the beginning of Feb. that same day I took the PICAT, after our convo, she ended it with, "ill call you back." since then I've been messaging her, calling, but not a word. I saw on Facebook messenger that she SAW my messages, but never responded. today is November 5th, and not a word. I'm afraid she may have left and didn't really care, as she was bringing in a bunch of people, including me, she said she wanted to recruit before she left. the entire process, she had us there at the armory EVERY DAY OF LAST WEEK. I'm almost finished, with only 3 pieces of papers, and MEP standing in the way, and she up and dissapears?????? what do I do?
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SGT Infantryman
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PVT (Join to see) - talk to me, ill see what i can assist you with, it intrigues me to why also..whats your contact?
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Policies change in recruiting month to month. Maybe they weren't accepting prior service at the time. Maybe the recruiter was in school. Or maybe just lazy.

It's your career and nobody is gonna care more about it than you. If they don't answer your calls just goto the office.
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SFC J Fullerton
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SPC (Join to see) - Next time ask them straight up if the USMC is accepting Prior Service and see what he says. Being a PS, you are not a typical applicant. If you were, they would have had you at MEPS by the end of the week.
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MSG Mechanic Trainee
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had a buddy of mine served in vietnam marines, went to reinlist, denied off the record was told we dont need killer like you, turned around joined navy as corpsman, he 's my good friend and mentor, i learned much from this person, his combat expeirance, to his mil experience, thank you otis young
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SrA Paul Pfeil
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Talk about unprofessional.
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SFC Jim Dorsey
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Regardless of policies, professional courtesy and common sense should kick in at some point. You just don’t stop communicating!
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