In today’s post, I want to share my top five reasons to be an Army National Guard Recruiter. These are good reasons to sign up for the recruiter program. Please note these are the things that I like most about the program. They are listed in no particular order.
# 1 Make Your Own Schedule
Most of the National Guard Recruiters I’ve met make their own schedules. They don’t have the traditional schedule that most Soldiers have. While most recruiters put in LONG HOURS six or more days per week, they do have some flexibility in their schedule. If they need to take time off for a personal appointment they can.
# 2 Be a “Free Agent”
What attracts me most to the National Guard Recruiter Program is that you can be a free agent. In most cases, you won’t supervise anyone. Yes, you will have a boss, but most of the time will be spent by yourself or with new recruits. And if you are good at what you do, you probably won’t see your boss very often. This is a nice break from supervising Soldiers or having a traditional job and chain of command.
# 3 Earn Extra Pay
As a recruiter, you will get Active Duty pay, since you are either an AGR Soldiers or are on ADSW Orders. In addition to that, you will also get a recruiter stipend. I don’t know the exact amount, but I believe it’s an extra few hundred dollars a month. This can help improve your finances each month.
# 4 Travel
Another great benefit of the National Guard Recruiting Program is that you can travel. Sure, you won’t get to travel all over the world. Depending upon your “territory” you will probably get to travel all over the state. You won’t be stuck in the office every day staring at the same computer. You will be out in the trenches, attending community events and visiting places you might not otherwise see. And you will have a government car to travel in.
# 5 Develop New Skills
One of my favorite things about the ARNG Recruiting Program is that you will learn “sales skills.” While some people balk at the selling profession, I believe these skills will make you a better NCO, leader and civilian. You will learn communication, persuasion, and the selling process. You will also learn a lot about Army Regulations and Rules. This will “round out” your experience and make you more valuable to the Army.
Of course, the National Guard Recruiter Program isn’t all peaches and roses. You will work long hours; have quotas, and some pressure to perform. But, if you like people and you like to sell; this might just be the perfect career field for you. And if you are good at what you do, it’s a pretty easy way to excel your Army Career.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any questions? Please post all comments and questions below. Thanks.