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
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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
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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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CW2 C2 Systems Integrator
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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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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
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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SFC Maintenance Supervisor
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Why do prior service enlistments not count, a body in the military is a body in the military.
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Cpl Glynis Sakowicz
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On behalf of the Corps, I would like to appologize to you, for apparently finding the one idiot on recruiting duty.
Not contacting you, not keeping those lines of communication open to you, was a rotten thing to do, and totally uncalled for.
I was a 're-tred' as well, entering into the Corps after the Army, and yes, there is more paperwork, and yes, it is all round, more work, but damn! We 're-treds' are halfway there... we already know the finer points of weaponry, we know all sorts of things that they don't have to waste time re-teaching us, and we usually end up at the top of the class, because most of us can focus on the newer things, instead of how to make a hospital corner, or just how to clean a rifle!
My unmet friend, if you still want this, and I should warn you, its hard going thru Boot older than 99% of your group, so you have to want it more than you've ever wanted anything else, for two reasons... the first being that they will see it as their duty to 'clean the Army crap out" and secondly, you are going to be pointed out in every situation as a Blessing or a Lesson... so be prepared!
Again, on behalf of MY Marine Corps, I offer profound apologies for the run-around you endured.
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LCpl Frankie Rush
LCpl Frankie Rush
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I was also a re-tred, I was also in the National Guard and did a inter-service change. My recruiter calling me to make sure I didn't need anything. So yes went through boot camp twice. But like you said already knew a lot.
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SSgt Christopher Brose
SSgt Christopher Brose
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Cpl Glynis Sakowicz You got that warning right! I went through Marine Corps boot camp at the age of 35 1/2. I'm not ashamed to say it kicked my ass.
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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Ugh, pick up day, one of the worst experiences ever.
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Cpl James Howard
Cpl James Howard
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Cpl. James Howard 1981 until November 1982. I had just graduated high school and completed my job training. I had nothing else going so I attempted to become an active duty solider but my recruiter kept doing the same thing, standing me up, not returning my calls and generally blowing me off. One day, I walked into his office and he said, "Why don't you try the Marine Recruiter, he'll get you out of here." He was right, they did. I was an active duty Marine for 7 years and I love my time as a Marine. My affiliation with the Marine Corps has been very influential on my life; however, I never forgot that negative experience with the Army and I never understood why they treated me like that. I think I understand better now.
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