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Monday, February 1, 2010

Recruiting- To do or not to??

I remember when my husband wanted to try recruiting. Our first daughter was only one. I knew nothing about it. The things I did not know. The hrs were sooooo long. He was home at night so I am not complaining but it was a tuff out there. Doors slammed in your face, parents calling you every name they could come up with. My favorite the HS girls falling for their recruiter. I have seen it all. So what do you think? Have you been a recruiter, spouse of a recruiter or thinking about it? I have 12 yrs experience as a spouse to usarec. Just curious your thoughts.

Cindy
fighting like a girl

7 comments:

Ashley said...

My husband is in USAREC in Ohio right now. We've been here since April 07. We kind of knew what we were getting ourselves in to, with the hours, but there were times when it was ridiculous--some nights kept him out til 10-11, and waking up at 3. But he was home every night. We've seen a lot of drama with other recruiters, and their female recruits, and it just baffles me. I don't know who is more ridiculous--the recruiter or the girl. My biggest problem with USAREC, has mostly just been my husband's COC. They preach about how family comes first and blah blah blah, but it really isn't. Its mission first, family where it fits in. I'm so thankful that they've instituted the new rule where they are only allowed to be in the office from 9-5:30.
We're out of recruiting in just a few weeks, he's taken a position within Retention. Not sure if thats going to be better, but we'll see...

Carrie said...

...I've never been in this position, and I am new to the Army lifestyle altogether, but I don't think that recruiting sounds like all that bad a thing.

Sure the hours are long, and the work is difficult, but at least your husband comes home to you at night! lol. Having my fiance in another country makes me a teensy bit biased on this topic though. (Plus, as an MP, mine works super long hours already, so that part wouldn't be much of an adjustment.)

A few months into this life though and I am already in agreement with Ashley on one thing: Mission first, family where it fits. It's something I'm not sure I'll ever get used to.

Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Girl,
My husband Mike is working with a recruter right now. He has been in the process of becoming an Army chaplain for a year. He will go before the Chaplain boards on February 9th. Please pray God grants him favor and he is selected. His heart is so set in this direction.

By the way, I am running a visual Mystery contest over at my blog this week. Wanna come see?

Still praying for you and your family.

Pamela

My Army Brats and Me said...

Ashley- Thanks for your comment. I do like the new hrs. I sure do wish that was the way it was when my husband was in the station. I have heard some wives complaining that they still work late but dont answer the phone at the station so the leadership does not know. I hope not. As far as family first hmmm well mission is always first. I have not seen anything different except for since I found out about my diagnosis. They have been good but he was the COT not on numbers. You should not have to have something terrible happen to see your husband more. Well thank you for all you and your family do for our country:)

My Army Brats and Me said...

Carrie- thanks for your comment. Welcome to the wonderful life of the military spouse. It is a tough job but as a whole we love our soldiers. They turly love their country and it makes us so proud to stand beside them. Recruiting over all is not too bad. Dont get me wrong it is tough. You have to sell someone their life/career. If the recuriter is not good at sales and does not love the Army it makes for a rough 3 yrs. The training they do get is awesome. The Army has one of the top programs which my husband can carry over into the civilian world some day. There are lots of rewards and some not so much. Yes them home at night is the top on the list:) I know you miss your terribly. The not so much is when you find your husband on the computer crying because he is looking at the list of soldiers who have died. The names of soldiers that he was enlisted. It is heartbreaking. Carrie thank you for joining us wives in supporting some of the best guys out there:)

My Army Brats and Me said...

Pamela- thanks for your comment. Please let me know how things go with you and your husband. What a wonderul job he has picked to serve. Thanks for praying for me and I so look forward to hearing about your new journey:)

tale of many cities said...

yep.. hubby has been in AF recruiting for over 10 years now. first as a ric, then instructor at the school.. and now as flight chief. so i've seen many aspects of the field. all are stressful in their own way.. but like you, i have to be thankful that he's been here with me.. and not tdy to only God knows where! but..our days are numbered. he is retiring in the summer! :D 23 years of service.. and it's time to go. no regrets!
thanks for visiting my random world, and i do hope to see ya again! hope you enjoy visiting my guest blogger as well!!
keep the fight up girlie.. and know you have one more person in your corner, lifting up those prayers! many blessings,
-Tracie