Voluntold — 5 Comments

  1. We had a military recruiter who tried fiercely, relentlessly, to the
    point of stalking, trying to get our son John to sign up. The guy made
    all kinds of fair promises–he would guarantee he would never go to the
    front, John’s education would be free, he would promise blahblahblah.

    And I said to the kid, he gets paid by the head for who he suckers into
    this, and he may even believe what he’s saying but it’s not true–once
    you’re in they own you and that’s that.

    I’ve wondered occasionally if the guy was needing to prove himself an
    effective recruiter so *he* wouldn’t be sent to the front.

  2. Anymore, everyone deploys that recruiter has been deployed before and will go again. The recruiter is telling the truth – if “the front” means combat arms. Otherwise, yes, he gets rated on his job by how many qualified candidates he finds.

    Young, competent men, like your son, are great recruits and soldiers. They are smart, disciplined and make it through training….

  3. I know that pain very well… I was voluntold on more than one occasion.

    My favorite was the, “you have no children, it would be best for everyone if you took this deployment.”

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