This story (the original one posted) is so outrageous that I've begun to doubt its veracity. I asked my boyfriend about it, too--he's been a Marine for six years and has worked as a recruiter's assistant three or four times. He says that the consequences for this kind of behavior are so grave (much greater than the consequences for not meeting quotas) that it simply doesn't make sense for these recruiters to take such actions. Now, it's certainly possible that a couple of recruiters have gone off the deep end, but it would be an extremely
isolated case. I don't doubt, though, that there are recruiters who are dishonest in their dealings.
Let me also say that recruiters tend to be among the most loyal Marines there are--that is why they are selected to do this job. They don't want
kids who don't want to be Marines. Such malcontents are a blight on their Corps and a danger to their fellow Marines. I know that the other branches can't be as selective (the Marine Corps was the only branch that hadn't had trouble meeting quotas until this year). But, Marine Corps recruiters actually give their poolees (potential recruits) a hard time before they allow them to sign up--they only want the devoted to join their Corps (yes, they do call it "my Corps").
It's too bad that some of you have had trouble with recruiters. Last year when I was in my senior year of college, an Army recruiter called in response to a resume I had posted on Monster (or the like). I simply explained that I wasn't interested--my boyfriend was preparing to deploy, so I was contributing to the military by supporting him. She took that very well, wished me luck, and that was the last I heard from them.
Originally Posted by eburgess
I heard about that. It really bothers me that someone I don't know is looking at my acidemic record. It's bad enough that everyone has to take a test solely for the military's use. I remeber taking it and asking why, the answer I got was "because you have to". If kids want to join the military they will join. Leave the rest of us alone.
What test is solely for the military's use? That's not something I've ever heard of.
Any student who has ever taken the SATs or the ACTs is part of a student database, too. When I took the SATs, I was flooded with materials from colleges across the country for the next two years. The government has access to so much information on all of us, anyway. Not that I like that! It just seems like a fact of life these days.