On a recent day at the Navy recruiting offices in San Diego, one recruit stands out.
It’s a tall, handsome guy in a white T-shirt with a red and white striped stripe across the front.
He’s about six feet tall and weighs about 225 pounds.
The recruit says he was a marine, but that he’s never served in the military.
He describes himself as “a strong guy.”
The recruiter says he has a strong work ethic.
The recruiter also says the recruit is a good guy, who has never been in trouble with the law, and that he has good grades and that they’re looking forward to meeting him in person.
It’s a routine recruitment call.
But it could be a turning point for recruits in a long, slow-moving process.
“We need to do this in a reasonable amount of time,” said John Bielicki, a recruiter with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in San Francisco.
“So it’s a good thing to be able to do in a short amount of work time.
But there are also some concerns that some of these recruiters are doing in this very stressful, high-pressure environment.”
Navy recruiters say they want to help potential recruits by keeping tabs and checking their background.
That’s part of the process of finding the right person.
The recruitment office in San Jose is home to hundreds of recruiters, including about 40 who have been working on the recruiting call.
Bielinki said recruiters who are called in to help at a recruiting office have a limited amount of hours to do the job.
But Bielokis wife has been working the phone all week, making phone calls and checking in with recruiters and other staff members.
He says she’s helping the recruiters catch the recruit’s attention and get him in front of potential recruiters.
“That’s one of the great things about being a recruiter is that you have a very intimate relationship with your recruiters,” Bielikis wife said.
“You can really listen to their stories.
You can really hear them.”
So how do recruiters know when they’re going to get to meet a potential recruit?
It’s pretty easy.
“The recrucer will ask, ‘Do you want to come?’
And you will have a good answer,” said Bielikkis wife.
The process of catching a potential Marine, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard recruit in the recruiter’s office is called an interview.
“They will tell you, ‘You know, we’re going, ‘No, we are not going to be recruiting,’ ” Bielakis wife added.
But sometimes it’s not easy.
“Sometimes they don’t want to hear from you, and sometimes they are just not ready for you, or they are not interested in meeting you,” she said.
Some recruiters get nervous, and don’t know what to say.
“It’s not that they don and you have to tell them, ‘OK, I am not interested,’ but you have the right to decline,” said Michael Kugel, the chief recruiter at the recruiting offices.
“If you’re not interested, you are not in,” said Mike Williams, a former recruiter at San Jose’s recruiting offices, adding that recruiters will sometimes just say, “We’re not doing anything right, and you should be more specific.”
Naval recruiters often say they’re doing this for a good cause, such as education or the military, but they can be doing it to help recruits.
“This is really important for recruiters because they are doing this because it’s good for the recruiting process and it’s important for the recruits to get their confidence back,” said Kugelman.
Kugelman said it’s also good for recruitors to know that some people are not as interested as they think they are.
“I know people who say, ‘I don’t see anything here,'” said Kugel.
“I say, OK, that’s OK, they are a little bit out of their depth.
But then they come back and say, I don’t think I could have done this.
So that tells me they have some work to do.”
One of the biggest things that recruits will tell us is that it’s really hard for them to do because they’re so focused on their work.
It can be overwhelming to have to say, what am I going to do for my job?’
“One recruiter told Kugela that the recruis office has become a “big pain in the butt,” but she said it was worth it.”
You know you are trying to do something that you love and you’re working so hard,” she told Kugeel.”
And you do it all for the sake of a better world,” said Williams.