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  • What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

    Hello,

    Today I took the first step and met with a National Guard recruiter and it seemed to go as planned (alot of general questions followed by alot of general answers). Next time I go in I want to have more specific questions for him and am affraid I just dont know what to ask? As it stands im 27 years old male with two associate degrees along with more credits than a bachelors degree would require. My girl and I of several years have a young boy together and are in a good relationship. Could anyone offer any good advise for questions that would apply to my current situation so I can make sure to ask next time I go in.

    Thanks,

    Incognito.

  • #2
    Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

    So what are your exact questions?

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    • #3
      Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

      With out going into an extremely long post all i'll say is that people I have talked with as well as forum posts I have read say that some recruiters give you very broad answers. They say make sure you get everything that was "guarenteed," in writing before you sign your enlistment? With that being said I just want to make sure I cover all the important topics that will affect my family, that some new recruits in my shoes may have forget to address until they have already signed.

      -Incognito

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      • #4
        Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

        Well; tell the recruiter you want specific answers to your questions.

        And that is true that you should get everything in writing on your enlistment contract (e.g., MOS, bonus, airbone, etc).

        So what are your exact questions?

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        • #5
          Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

          Originally posted by Incognito View Post
          With that being said I just want to make sure I cover all the important topics that will affect my family, that some new recruits in my shoes may have forget to address until they have already signed.

          -Incognito
          I think the OP is looking for 'suggested questions', as he wants to make sure that he covers all of his bases in regards to his family but is unsure of what to make sure he asks about.

          i.e. DEERS, insurance, BAH, separation pay, GI Bills...

          I did also noticed he said 'my girl' not 'my wife' so he might need some information (questions to ask) on what is covered for his child but not necessarily 'his girl' because she is not his spouse.

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          • #6
            Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

            Originally posted by Incognito View Post
            Hello,

            Today I took the first step and met with a National Guard recruiter and it seemed to go as planned (alot of general questions followed by alot of general answers). Next time I go in I want to have more specific questions for him and am affraid I just dont know what to ask? As it stands im 27 years old male with two associate degrees along with more credits than a bachelors degree would require. My girl and I of several years have a young boy together and are in a good relationship. Could anyone offer any good advise for questions that would apply to my current situation so I can make sure to ask next time I go in.

            Thanks,

            Incognito.
            Anything you "think" you already know, you need to ask. If you "think you know" you are going to basic training at Fort Outer Space, you need to ask. If you think you are getting paid $4.62 every 12 months...ASK. And so on, reason being is that most people who become disgruntled after joining are that way because they had surprises. They took the word of their buddy, a commercial, or some guy on the internet and forgot that only the Recruiter, and more importantly the guidance counselor at MEPS hold the facts. Use this forum as a guide, there are some good people here with various experiences, but have the most open lines of communication you can, and you will have no surprises.

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            • #7
              Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

              I would ask questions like, what jobs availible? How far would I have to drive on drill weekend? What rank would I enlist as, (probably PFC)?

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              • #8
                Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

                This may sound cheesy, but ask for a contact number for the unit you're joining. You can get some info on your unit, and find out if they're deploying soon. That's a **** of a shocker just coming in from AIT. Chances are they aren't but it beats spending BCT and AIT wondering if you should have gotten your affairs in better order before you left.

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                • #9
                  Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

                  I always escort my applicants down to the units they are interested in to meet with the unit leadership prior to them signing anything. Also, it's a great way for the unit to meet and approve of the applicant.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

                    Incognito,

                    Here are some questions that I asked that were specific to me and my situation (wife with 3 kids) that was tough to find information on.

                    How can my family contact me in case of an emergency?
                    What allowances will I be entitled to during basic/AIT?
                    How soon after I leave will my family receive the first pay check?
                    How soon will health benefits start?
                    How long is Basic? (this is tough to answer because reception can take anywhere from 3 days to 10 days)
                    How long will I get to visit with my family between basic and AIT?
                    How long is AIT?

                    These are just a few other questions that I had when I first joined. The more you look around on these forums the more questions you may have. Write them all down, that is the best way to make sure that you get all of the info that you looking for.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What questions should I get answered from my recruiter?

                      Hey Incognito,

                      You, may be past this stage but incase someone else is looking for this, here are the questions I asked my Recruiter SSG Strack


                      National Guard Recruiter Questions
                      for
                      SSgt. Strack

                      1. What is the difference between enlisted, RTOC, warrant officers, and commissioned officers?
                      a. Do ROTC grads. go to OCS after graduation?
                      b. What job categories are offered to each, i.e. what can’t I do as enlisted that I can do (job wise) as CO or CWO
                      2. How hard is it to get into the WOFT program as a civilian?
                      a. Test scores needed?
                      b. Physical Requirements?
                      c. Others? (Vision, Medical, etc)
                      3. Explain Simultaneous Membership Program
                      a. In your opinion, should I head straight to BCT or do SMP until the next BCT cycle?
                      4. What is the ASVAB and how can I get a perfect score?
                      5. What should I expect at MEPS, walk through?
                      6. How should I prepare for BCT?
                      a. Physically?
                      b. Mentally?
                      c. Other?
                      7. What are the benefits of signing up currently?
                      a. Pay?
                      b. Bonuses?
                      c. Other?
                      8. When would I receive such money?
                      9. What are the Army’s current job deficits?
                      a. My job choices are (in order of preference) Aviation, Medic, MP
                      b. What are the chances of getting those?
                      c. How long does each one take?
                      10. Can I switch to another branch AD or reserves, or be full time Guard?
                      a. Will I be deployed?
                      b. Can I ask to be deployed?
                      i. Will that expedite my chances for flight school?
                      11. If I become a CWO can I still be in ROTC?
                      a. In your opinion should I enlist and do ROTC to then become an officer and go to flight school?
                      b. Or enlist go to WOCS, ROTC and then flight school?
                      i. I guess it all comes down to how well I can get into the flight program.

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