It is important that you get to know your National Guard recruiter before your first meeting. While you will have plenty of time to talk in person, you must make sure you are on the right track from the very start. As you get to know your recruiter, it will become much easier to understand what your meeting will be about and how you can benefit.
First things first, you need to speak with your National Guard recruiter on the phone. There are recruiters located all over the country, so you should not have a difficult time finding the one that is responsible for your area.
During your phone conversations, get a feel for what your National Guard recruiter has to offer including the advice that they can give. This is your first and primary contact with the Guard. You want to make this relationship count.
Before you meet in person, you should ask the following questions on the phone. The answers will help you better understand your recruiter, the National Guard, and what to expect at your face-to-face meeting.
Where are you located?
This is an important question for the obvious reason: you want to know where you are going to meet your recruiter. On top of this, it will ensure that you make it to your meeting on time – you never want to be late. A good first impression is essential!
What do I need to bring?
While you won’t need much during your first meeting with a National Guard recruiter, you want to be 100 percent sure that you are prepared. It is better to be safe than sorry.
How can you help me?
Although this may sound a bit too straightforward, it is good to know what you and your recruiter are going to be discussing as well as how they can help you make a better decision. In other words, the answer to this question will help you better prepare for the meeting including compiling a list of follow-up inquiries.
Final note: just because you are meeting in person with a National Guard recruiter does not mean you have to enlist. This is nothing more than an informative meet-up to get a better feel for what the Guard has to offer somebody in your shoes.