Military recruiters have a job to do, they find the most qualified individuals to fill specific needs within their specific branch of the service. To do this they have to make sure individuals are qualified. Each branch, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy have slightly different enlistment criteria which they use to screen prospective recruits. Although each branch is different, they do share some common ground. Here are 3 questions you will be asked and a reason or two for the question.
1. Tell me about your medical history?
- This question is very important. First, it is important for your own safety. The military regardless of the branch can be very physically demanding. It is important to be upfront about your past and present medical problems and/or conditions to prevent injuries to yourself. Second, remember other people in the military depend on you to be 100%. Not being at the top of your game could result in injury or death to fellow military members who are counting on you.
2. Tell me about any law violations, regardless of how minor you might think they are, even if you were told they were expunged or sealed.
- This question serves several purposes. First, it lets your recruiter know if you have any current court preceding which will need to be resolved prior to enlisting. Remember not all law violations are disqualifying, disclosing your past law violations allows your recruiter the chance to submit your package to the right level for a possible waiver for entry into the service. Finally, the military deals with a multitude of classified information. To receive a security clearance you have to have a background investigation. During your background investigation your name and information will be run through national databases and all past and present law violations will show up. It is much better to have disclosed them upfront rather than to try to explain why you didn’t later!
3. Why do you want to join the military and specifically why this particular branch?
- This question lets your recruiter know what needs you are looking to fill in your life. Answers to this question usually sound like…”to get an education”, “to learn a skill”, “to travel”, “to follow in my dad’s footsteps”…ect. There is no wrong answer. Remember, you are looking for the service that fits your needs the best and the recruiter is looking for individuals that fit his or her particular services needs also.
Of course the recruiter is going to have many more questions for you and you should have many many questions for the recruiter. Don’t be afraid to let the recruiter know you are also looking at other branches of the military as well. Get your information about that service from that service. Don’t rely on a recruiter from one branch to tell you about another branch.
When talking to a recruiter remember a couple of things.
- Be upfront and honest when answering questions.
- You are under no obligation
- The recruiter is interviewing you but you are also interviewing them! ASK QUESTIONS!
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