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Draco771
04-11-2009, 16:35
I was at the gym this morning, and I ran into an old Wrestling Team friend today...

He's going into the Army, been working with apparently the same recruiters I've been working with going on 2-3 years now...

Only to my surprise......

Apparently all the recruiters (One who's a CMF 25, one who's a CMF 44, and the other don't know because I haven't met him in person yet....) magically became Special Forces overnight!

According the my buddy who I'm now going to start working out with regularly....

He has: 5-6 years marijuana use history
When he was younger he had a couple police incidents
He's 17 years old (graduated)

And apparently according to him, the recruiting station only recruits for Special Forces... (I didn't know 18X was so huge they made recruiting stations for civilian applicants dedicated to them....)

Every Recruiter IS Special Forces... (I've been there many times, not a single was has an SF Tab, nor has a single one even been to SFAS as far as I know)

And talking to him... He didn't even know what in the heck an 18X-Ray Enlistment Contract was, but he's been working with them for 6 months now in joining Special Forces, but doesn't know what in the heck an Infantryman, or a Cavalry Scout even is.......

Apparently... "Special Forces isn't a part of the Army"......

He's been fed so much garbage I couldn't believe it!

(I'm no longer using that recruiting station anymore, and will be waiting until graduation to start using another station...Period...)

With drug history, he's not even eligible for an Confidential Clearance...

"He's just joining to be Special Forces" and didn't know what in the sam hell Fort Benning Was... Or even where Special Forces Preparation and Selection Course was.

His recruiter (who I've met....and have known since he started working there) and the other recruiters... (I know all of them minus the new one) told him "You don't want to do too much research"...

and my buddies exact words to me when I was explaining to him what the 18X contract was, his reply to me: "You've done WAY too much research into that stuff"...

And he doesn't even know how you pick your job... He didn't even know the Army HAS JOBS... But he's been working with the recruiting station going on 6 months now...

I am completely in disbelief, and in complete odds on WTF to do...

I have no idea what the heck to even do right now...

I don't even know how to explain to him, his F* ups DQ him for an 18X or any form of job that requires a security clearance, let alone how to explain to him... He may be DQ'd from the Army permanently either way...

Because he has Asthma...

He's cut 40lbs in 3 months, stopped using his inhaler after apparently his recruiter counseled him to stop using it... (hasn't used it for 8 months according to him)

I don't know what the frack to even do, or even say to him...We almost got in an argument at the gym... Because he thinks I do "too much research" into stuff...

I don't even know what the frack to even do...

I've known those recruiters since I started looking into the Army....

I've known that station since forever...

WTF???

I am so lost right now in what to do... I don't even know anymore.... :(

Pete
04-11-2009, 16:50
Well, at least he's not signing up to be an astronaut.

I ran into a truck driver one time and in talking with him it came out he had enlisted to be an astronaut. The recruiter had told him that before he could become an astronaut he had to improve his skills as a driver. He was a darn good driver.

Pat your friend on the back and wish him luck. Sometimes the clueless find some.

Draco771
04-11-2009, 16:53
Well, at least he's not signing up to be an astronaut.

I ran into a truck driver one time and in talking with him it came out he had enlisted to be an astronaut. The recruiter had told him that before he could become an astronaut he had to improve his skills as a driver. He was a darn good driver.

Pat your friend on the back and wish him luck. Sometimes the clueless find some.

I just really don't like seeing my friends get screwed over... :(

Pete
04-11-2009, 16:56
I just really don't like seeing my friends get screwed over... :(

Sometimes being an adult means more than you don't have to life with your parents.

You've talked with your friend and given him some words of advice.

You've done your bit, now lets see if he can cowboy up when the time comes. If he makes it through jump school the 82nd might find a home for him.

I can think of a lot worse places to spend a person's formative years. Division will make a man out of him.

Draco771
04-11-2009, 17:01
Sometimes being an adult means more than you don't have to life with your parents.

You've talked with your friend and given him some words of advice.

You've done your bit, now lets see if he can cowboy up when the time comes.

Honestly... I feel I haven't done enough... :(

I've known him for three years now, not the most brightest, but he's a good guy...

But either way... I ain't using the recruiting station he uses anymore...

I'm not going to work with guys who manipulate like this... (at least that I know about)

I really hate seeing guys get screwed over...

SF_BHT
04-11-2009, 19:14
Honestly... I feel I haven't done enough... :(

I've known him for three years now, not the most brightest, but he's a good guy...

But either way... I ain't using the recruiting station he uses anymore...

I'm not going to work with guys who manipulate like this... (at least that I know about)

I really hate seeing guys get screwed over...

If he is old enough to sign a contract then he is old enough to read the bottom line and determine his future.

You have given him advise and he seams to not care to verify what is correct.

The contract is very clear so advise him that he needs to read it clearly. If it does not have what he wants do not sign it.

Nothing more you can do.

Good luck to your friend.

Ambush Master
04-11-2009, 19:22
So, both of you are well below the 20 yoa requirement for an 18X contract!!! How do they plan to pull that off?!?!?!

Just curious.
Martin

Draco771
04-11-2009, 20:26
So, both of you are well below the 20 yoa requirement for an 18X contract!!! How do they plan to pull that off?!?!?!

Just curious.
Martin

to SF_BHT, Understood and thank you.

To Ambush Master:

Well... I have no clue...

Apparently according to him, "He's just signing up for Special Forces" because according to him, the recruiting station (it's BS) ONLY recruits for Special Forces, but yet fact of the matter is...

He's been given a bunch of garbage and empty promises...

It remdinds me of what "Those old guys" would talk about, the "Older Soldiers" from the 70s and 80s on the "promises" their recruiters would make, blah blah blah...

"My Recruiter told me I was going to be a General in less than a year!"

That's what he reminds me of...

Even had him put the weights down, and almost drove to the Library to get on a computer, so I could show him goarmy.com just to even see the JOBS the Army has...

In his mind, "You join the Army to kick in doors and rough it in the field"...

I'm not meaning to talk trash about him, but having time to reflect and think about it... He reminds me of the Marine Wannabes... "You doin't join to do a job, you join the be a Marine" and then 5 months later "I hate the Marine Corps, it sucks, blah blah blah" because they never mentally comprehend, or wrap around their heads each branch of the military has specific jobs you do in it...

The whole thing just frustrates me...

So far been looking into several different recruiting station locations... But going to have to wait 120s after Graduation before "working" with an AD Army Recruiter again...

Either way that's not going to phase me much, because I"m not even eligible for military service until October anyways... For a vision waiver supposedly sent through a couple months ago, supposedly that doesn't seem to ring up on any system... (I have buddies who drew the "short straw" are stuck on recruiting duty who haven't found squat on anything.....)

And personally going to try working my friend into seeing a different recruiter/different recruiting station...

Since he's already graduated, rules that apply to me no longer apply to him...

So he can go to any recruiting station he wants to...

Peregrino
04-11-2009, 21:25
Desiderata - Lord grant me the strength to change what I can, the patience to endure what I cannot change, and the WISDOM to know the difference.

1. You can't save someone from themself. After "doing your duty" further effort just means both of you drown.
2. SF requires a different mindset and better than average intelligence. Obstacles in your path are part of the selection process.
3. Negotiating enlistment hurdles is the FIRST step in a very long process. Success is not guaranteed.
4. Failure to successfully complete the entire process is not necessarilly failure at life. The 82nd needs quality soldiers too.

Draco771
04-11-2009, 22:13
Desiderata - Lord grant me the strength to change what I can, the patience to endure what I cannot change, and the WISDOM to know the difference.

1. You can't save someone from themself. After "doing your duty" further effort just means both of you drown.
2. SF requires a different mindset and better than average intelligence. Obstacles in your path are part of the selection process.
3. Negotiating enlistment hurdles is the FIRST step in a very long process. Success is not guaranteed.
4. Failure to successfully complete the entire process is not necessarilly failure at life. The 82nd needs quality soldiers too.

Understood

The Reaper
04-12-2009, 00:07
Do you look for this sort of drama on a regular basis?

TR

Draco771
04-12-2009, 21:45
Do you look for this sort of drama on a regular basis?

TR

Not at all... On contrary, I despise drama...

It always finds ways to find me...

I despise it greatly...

Pete
04-13-2009, 06:07
Not at all... On contrary, I despise drama...

It always finds ways to find me...

I despise it greatly...

Drama is a two way street. It takes two.

Next time he tells you something just reply with - "You know my views. Now, where we goin' tonight." End of Drama.

Utah Bob
04-15-2009, 16:56
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ZonieDiver
04-15-2009, 18:20
Originally Posted by Draco771
No need too, a apologize for my arrogance, with respect, would it be possible to suspend my posting privileges (but not PMs) for two weeks?

Response from TR on 3/24
Everything in life is not negotiable.

Stop posting for a month. The next thread you start that strikes me as out of line, is The End. PM anyone who wants to talk to you.

I have recommended reading rather than posting before, you seem to be disregarding that advice.

We are not your peers, and do have some real world experience to support our ideas. I recommend that you stop annoying people here with your random thoughts and observations.

TR

Draco771, are you "at it" again - days within the one month "stop posting" period?

Richard
04-15-2009, 18:52
I've known him for three years now, not the most brightest, but he's a good guy...

Tell him the Marines are looking for a few good men! [hint...hint] ;)

Richard's $.02 :munchin

GrumbleandGrunt
04-17-2009, 14:46
Division will make a man out of him.

Or eat him alive...