In reference to this thread (WOFT) I have a question for the guys/gals who have or are currently going through the process.
I've started my packet early March and have taken the ASVAB and MEPS physical. I am good to go with everything else as far as qualifications (college creds, PPL, plenty of fixed wing time, no waivers for anything, etc.)
The real issues I believe I'm facing right now pertain to my recruiter. I am on my second recruiter as the first one got the boot for treating me like a second rate guy, obviously because he would have to do "extra work" for a WOFT candidate. No beef with recruiters, just slightly irritated with the way the Army lays no responsibility on these guys for ensuring WOFT candidates are taken care of.
Anyways, I am trying to evaluate is my recruiter is currently yanking my chain right now; I was supposed to be scheduled for the SIFT test on May 9th at MEPS. Today (one day before the test) I reached out the recruiter to figure out when to show up for the test. Couldnt get ahold of him all day, then I called the recruiting station CO to figure out what was going on. Didnt get much information other than to show up at a random time in the morning, but I subsequently (and probably wasn't a coincidence) got a text from my MIA recruiter saying that "MEPS has decided to cancel the SIFT for this week and hes waiting to hear when the next date will be".
Now normally my BullS*** detector wouldn't be going off, but I checked in with him like two weeks ago to make sure he scheduled me for the test only to be told "I don't want to schedule you more than a week out because you might drop from the system" - What ever the heck that means but OK.
Anyone else deal with these issues? This isn't an isolated incidence either, I've notice this recruiter has tried throwing me off on other people "like being driven to meps for the ASVAB/Etc. by someone else. Yeah hes cool as heck in person, but aren't they all? Not to mention that I was honest with him about not wanting to make a commitment to enlist if I dont get selected only to be told "well normally we won't even move forward with this process if you dont make a commitment to enlist since all this work may be for nothing, but ill make an exception" - Right you are making an exception to do your job, whatever.
Simple fact that needs to be cleared up: As long as you actually do everything to compile your packet (documents, letter, LORs, APFT, DA photo, etc.) on your own, and use the recruiter only to schedule your various test and appointments, then never listen to the BS about it being "no credit for doing extra work" deal. Fact- Recruiting offices receive credit for having enlisted 2 recruits if your packet is accepted. If not selected, then no harm done, as you wouldn't actually believe how many potential enlistees end up getting DQ'ed down the line for stupid sh*t like denied physical waivers and moral issues. So having a decent WOFT applicant try, and end up getting "Not Selected", is just part of life for recruiters, not a reason to act unprofessionally towards an applicant that just started the process.
Feel free to share your experiences.