Recruiting and serving

The military recruiters explain their work at schools


Kyle Gehman

Staff Sergeant Munger talks to a student during lunch. Munger is a recruiter for the National Guard and has also been in combat in Afghanistan.

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

They stand out in the Commons every Wednesday during the school day with pamphlets, lanyards, pencils, information and advice for planning for the future. These military recruiters are here to help provide various options for students after high school whether it’s the military or civilian life.

“All of the training you do is also college credit so what I’m trying to do is find the best way for National Guard to help you,” National Guard recruiter Staff Sergeant Munger said. “College is expensive so the National Guard also pays the most money for college and that’s what we look at, how we can line up for what you want to do for the future and how we can make you a better person and give you some real life skills at the same time.”

These recruiters help provide information about what routes they could take in the military as a professional or how to use the military to pay and attend college. Here at this school the recruiters have already helped alumni attend different colleges and military academies.

“I would especially [talk to them] if you’re considering joining the military,” alumni Ashley Martinez said. “It’s nice getting information from someone who’s job is to inform of what you want to know and of things you might not have known. They also check up on you to see how you’re doing and if you have any new questions that need to be answered.”

A lot of your recruiters will recruit for numbers, but I don’t look at numbers. I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to take care of all of my recruits.

— Staff Sergeant Munger

Recruiters have one main goal, try and help kids by recruiting them to whatever military branch they are associated with. However, these recruiters are also here to help plan your future and trying to help you as a student and as a person.

“I enjoy taking care of people and recruiting is truly taking care of people,” Munger said. “A lot of your recruiters will recruit for numbers, but I don’t look at numbers. I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to take care of all of my recruits.”

One of the pieces of advice they have for high school students is to make sure you have a plan for what you want to achieve.

“[I’d suggest to] have a career plan, have short term and long term goals and use the Army as a stepping stone to get to those goals,” Army recruiter Sergeant Bingham said. “Being a soldier in the U.S. Army, we instill leadership qualities so whether you join the Army for 3 years or 30 years, when you leave the Army you will be equipped with the mentality to help others out. To not only succeed yourself, but helping the people around you succeed.”