If you are a military recruiter, your job perfomance is not evaluated according to how well you help each person find their true path in life. Your job performance is rated according to how many people you get to join your branch of the service. Once you have invested time in getting someone to sign a DEP contract, you will typically not give up trying to keep that person in until it becomes obvious that recruiting that person is a lost cause and your time would be better spent on someone else. Then you cut your losses and move on. Different recruiters come to this point at different times depending on the signals they get from the person. The sooner someone sends the recruiter a clear signal, the sooner the recruiter will let go and put their energy elsewhere. If a recruit sends a recruiter the message that indicates the recruit still feels obligated, the recruiter will likely persist. Recruiters know that recruits can get out of the DEP, but they probably won't admit that fact.