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Staff Sgt. Roger Whaley: My name is Staff Sgt. Roger Whaley. I'm a U.S. Army recruiter. I'm from Orangeburg, S.C.

When a prospect first walks through the door, I sit down with the prospect. I make the prospect feel comfortable. My next question is, "What does he want? What is he looking for? Is he full time? Is he part time? Is he Army Reserve? Is he regular Army?" And, you know, "What situation is he in right now?" I make sure that the applicant is, you know, physically qualified. I also make sure the applicant is morally qualified.

From there, we set them up with an ASVAB test. We get their scores, and we see exactly what they're qualified for. I take that score, you know, I tell them, "This is what you qualified for. Is this something that interests you?" I go by the applicant and his ASVAB score to get him something that he's, you know, interested with. So I let the applicant lead the way and find out what he likes best. Then we set them up with where they go to MEPS to process, to take their physical, to finish being processed.

One of the perceptions about a recruiter is a recruiter just, you know, he just wants you to be signed up. But the actuality of the thing is that a recruiter is, I say, more a career counselor. He wants what's best for you and is willing to do anything to help you achieve your goals in life.