When you go to see the Recruiter, you should have a strategy.? One of the things you have to remember is, that the recruiter is there for YOU.? So, think of it as the recruiter having a job interview with you.? Recruiters are well trained, and committed career military people.? They are as a rule honest, and want to do the best they can for you and for the service that they represent.
So, here some things to remember and a few tips to think of as you ask your recruiter questions.
Show No Fear.? Be aware of the fact that you are in the drivers seat.? You should always be respectful, and conduct yourself as you would in any professional type interaction, but the recruiter is there to give service to you. Sometimes a recruiter will try to intimidate or bully, but most of the time your recruiter will treat you as you treat them.? Show respect, and remember that you have to sign on the dotted line to commit to anything, so as long as you are friendly and congenial, you have nothing to fear. Commitment Length.? The term of your commitment determines the bonuses and benefits, and the amounts, which you will receive.? As for all of the promises or offers that your recruiter offers you to be put down on paper and explained out to you.? Do not be worried if you have questions, your recruiter has heard it all before.
Training Start Date.? Almost all entry into enlisted service is through the DEP, or the Delayed entry program.? This is for many reasons, and can be for scheduling reasons for the service involved as much as for your convenience.? This program allows the service to reserve a slot for you in a particular basic training class.? Sometimes you can be on standby if you wish to ship out at short notice, but that is optional.? ASVAB. Know what the Asvab, or Armed Services Vocational Test Battery is like.? There are practice tests at your local library, and available on the Internet.? The jobs you will qualify for in the military are based on this test, so do the best you can to prepare for this test.
Get it in Writing. There are no such things as valid verbal promises when joining the Military.? If you do not have it spelled out in plain English, as part of your enlistment contract, it does not exist. Point out And Correct Mistakes.? If your enlistment contract is wrong, point it out and have it corrected BEFORE you sign. Go to the Recruiter with a Buddy.? Take someone along with you, to help figure it all out.? It can be a parent, friend or family member.? If you want to join the service at the same time, ask about Buddy Programs available.