Don't rely only on the recruiter. Military recruiters are salespeople: their job is to “sell” you on enlistment. To keep their jobs and advance their careers, most recruiters must sign up a specific number of people each month. They stress the benefits of the military—not the problems.
Your decision about enlistment will affect your life and the lives of others. Don't rush.
*Talk with recently discharged veterans—both those who had good experiences and those who didn't—about the questions raised on this website.
*Also talk with a civilian counselor who can help you think about the military or suggest other options.
*Take along a relative or a friend. You have a lot to think about when you talk to a recruiter. A family member or friend can take notes, ask questions, and watch out for your best interests. Also take along a relative or friend if you discuss job selection with a military “guidance counselor” at a Military Entrance Precessing Station (MEPS).
*Never give false information or cover up anything. Be honest about police records, health problems, and school. If you lie to a recruiter, you will suffer when the truth comes out.
It's wrong, and in some cases illegal, for a recruiter to tell you a lie. Report any recruiter who does this to your Congress members, school officials, or The National Youth and Militarism Recruiter Abuse Hotline at 1- 877-688-6881. You will be protecting yourself and others.