GI Rights Hotline

Military Discharges and Military Counseling

Call 1-877-447-4487

Understand How Recruiters Think

The military puts a lot of pressure on recruiters.  Their Job perfomance is not evaluated according to how well they help each person find their true path in life. Their Performance is rated according to how many people they get to join their branch of the service. Once a recruiter has invested time in getting someone to sign a DEP contract, they will typically not give up trying to keep that person in, until it becomes obvious that retaining that person is a lost cause and their time would be better spent on someone else. Then recruiters cut their losses and move on. Different recruiters come to this point at different times depending on the signals they get from the person. Different recruiters use different tactics to keep people from leaving. 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 usually don't advertise that fact.