YOUR Military Story- Did your recruiter tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

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I clearly remember sitting at the kitchen table with my parents and two "old" guy Army National Guard recruiters. They spoke in acronyms and kind smiles, but what they really wanted on the enlistment forms was my signature.

I don't really remember them telling any out and out lies to me about the training or the experience, but looking back I am sure they wondered if that little un-athletic and naive girl would make it.  I did, or I wouldn't be writing this.

I have heard stories military recruiters telling enlistees white lies or complete falsehoods.  I do know some recruiters, and they are upstanding people truly looking to improve young people's lives. Sadly, others look at recruits as a number to reach their quota.

So....did you recruiter tell you the truth about the branch of service you were entering, the training, the money, or anything else?  Tell us about your recruiter by typing in the white space below.

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Comment by Claudia Bartow on May 20, 2014 at 10:33pm
Eugene, that is so cool you contacted your recruiter years later. I have often thought of looking up a couple of drill sergeants because of the impact they had on me. They have very common names though.
Comment by Eugene Patrick Meechan on May 20, 2014 at 3:31pm
  • Eugene Meechan My recruiter for the navy was a 1st class gunnersmate.He told me not to be a gunnersmate but I didn'y listen.That was in 1966.In 1972 tried to get back in the navy and had to go back up to Cleveland ,while I was up there siting in this room chief gunnersmate Carlie Miricle came in and he remembered recuriting me in 66.He said didn't I sign you up in 66 and then he asked me what I did ,I told him I was a gunnersmate and to that he said I told you not to do that and we both laughed.I sill had his card from when I  enlisted so I did a serch and found him here in Ohio and call ed him last summer,had a nice talk.But me and another guy went in on the buddy plan did boot same company never saw him again,till hafter we got home.
Comment by Dale Day on May 13, 2014 at 9:06am

Of course he did!

His job is to get you sign on the dotted line. He's going to promise you what you want in order to do so.

I wanted to be a veterinarian's assistant and he promised me schooling after completing Basic.

I got to the inprocessing center, went through the battery of tests, and got told that, "for the good of the service," they were going to send me to school to be a heavy construction equipment mechanic.

I'd raised my hand so it was too late to back out.

Did it make a difference?

No really. 23 years later, I retired as a Master Sergeant. If you're interested, check out A soldier's Tale blog.

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