Many people visit their Military recruiter but do not take some simple steps that will help make it a positive and rewarding visit. There are some simple things that you can do that will assist you in learning all you can about possible enlistment or joining the United States military. Many of these things are common sense, but a lot of people do not stop to think about them first, and so they are sort of hit or miss about the whole experience. If you stop to consider these simple steps, then you will have a much more successful military recruitment visit.
Have A Strategy- When you go to see the Recruiter, you should have a strategy. Remember that while the Recruiter has a quota, and it is his job to sign people up, he is also mainly there for YOU, so if you have a well thought out plan of attack, or a strategy, then you will be a lot more successful in your efforts to find out all about the service or job in the military that you war interested in finding out about. 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.
Show No Fear- You are largely in the drivers seat, and you would do well to remember that fact. You should always be respectful, not only in the military but in life its good to observe common courtesy. You should conduct yourself as you would in any typical professional or job type of interaction. Most recruiters are genuinely nice people, and if you take your visit seriously, its likely that they will too. Give respect to get respect, is a good watchword. Once in a great while some recruiters will try and bully or be intimidating, but these thankfully are rare in the military recruiting field.
Ask Questions-Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. It’s a great idea to take a pen and paper, and to even take with you a list of questions that you have prepared ahead of time.
Take a Buddy- Its not always possible to take a friend or buddy, but you should take another person if you can, and a parent or older person is better than going alone. If you take a peer, or person your own age, you can sometimes find that the recruiter will be more relaxed, and the other person can help debrief with you later to make sure you understood any area that you might be confused about.