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Ok, I am practically in tears right now. I just spoke with the recruiter who is temporarily handling the duties at the office my son is affiliated with. We still haven't heard anything about when he is leaving and I just thought I'd check in. He signed up in October and hasn't heard a word. Apparently my call really annoyed the recruiter, as he explained how Wes is just 1 of 53 recruits in Southern Illinois waiting and he followed it up with "do you want me to release him from active duty?" What? No, I don't want you to freakin' release him from active duty. I understand what you said last week about a slow down in the military taking in new recruits, but you did tell me to call you this week and you would see if you could find out anything!!! Thanks for making me feel about 2" tall, Sgt Graves. Just try to remember how your mother felt when you signed up.

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I'm sorry he's a jerk, but he is military. Apparently Wes got a call from, he said his recruiter's boss, asking him how graduation was and how everything's going, if he's ready to leave and all that, then said that he could have him by the 16th! Then they realized that the date they had was someone else's but they still tried to give him the day after they thought he had given them. This sounds selfish but, if he leaves the day after the date he gave them, that's July 2, my birthday. I was like freaking out when he said he almost had to leave 3 days after i get back from florida, and he seems like the reality of his time frame is setting in.
I had no idea. Wes didn't tell me this. He probably didn't want me to start freaking out until he knew the date was firm. I'm freaking out anyway!

Rachel said:
I'm sorry he's a jerk, but he is military. Apparently Wes got a call from, he said his recruiter's boss, asking him how graduation was and how everything's going, if he's ready to leave and all that, then said that he could have him by the 16th! Then they realized that the date they had was someone else's but they still tried to give him the day after they thought he had given them. This sounds selfish but, if he leaves the day after the date he gave them, that's July 2, my birthday. I was like freaking out when he said he almost had to leave 3 days after i get back from florida, and he seems like the reality of his time frame is setting in.
Sorry, I didn't know you didn't know. We're all freaking out!
I'm actually glad to know he is keeping this to himself right now. I don't want the emotional roller coaster! I know you don't, either, sorry. Poor guy is going to be surrounded by a bunch of weepy women when he goes. He'll have to take a change of clothes!

Rachel said:
Sorry, I didn't know you didn't know. We're all freaking out!
lol sorry again, i assumed he told you, well you know what happens when you assume
Stephanie left on my birthday for basic training.. i know how it feels to see it coming... and that day you really won't feel like celebrating.. trust me... i didn't even mention my birthday when i was up there seeing her off.. she wrote in the letter that she wrote on the plane "happy birthday from 35000 ft"

Rachel said:
I'm sorry he's a jerk, but he is military. Apparently Wes got a call from, he said his recruiter's boss, asking him how graduation was and how everything's going, if he's ready to leave and all that, then said that he could have him by the 16th! Then they realized that the date they had was someone else's but they still tried to give him the day after they thought he had given them. This sounds selfish but, if he leaves the day after the date he gave them, that's July 2, my birthday. I was like freaking out when he said he almost had to leave 3 days after i get back from florida, and he seems like the reality of his time frame is setting in.
I am sorry it has taken so long to respond.
You have to remember that recruiters are human too. You have jerks in civilian life and you have them in the military. As much as I would like to say that they don’t exist they do. I would, however, like to apologize on behalf of the Air Force for you having to go through that. There really is no excuse for his actions. I can tell you that all military people are not like that. I have first hand knowledge from the Air Force, Navy and the Army. But it only takes one to give all the military and recruiters specifically a bad name. I hope this can work itself out and you will not encounter this kind of attitude again.
Sgt Terry
Yes, now that I have calmed down, it seems like he may have been having a bad day and I caught him at exactly the wrong time. Not an excuse for his behavior, but something I can understand. Wes called him later that day to check in and he was fine with him. I work in an industry where I have to deal with anxious parents from time to time and have been rubbed the wrong way before. I am just anxious for Wes. He is so eager to start his life and it keeps getting pushed back. Thanks for having a place for me to vent. Lesa

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