Sunday, February 15, 2009

Get Out the Cookies: Support our Military Recruiters

Happy Valentine's Day. This morning, I realized that today is the 14th anniversary of the day I left for boot camp. I've been thinking about recruiters a lot, lately. Sgt. and Mrs. Hub posted a couple articles about the military, and her husband just got off recruiter duty. So, I’ve been thinking about recruiters.

I just want to say thank you to all the men and women who serve as recruiters. It is a hard job that takes a lot of time away from your life and family. Most of the time, it is a thankless job. Many times, people are downright ugly to recruiters.

So, today, I want to thank my recruiter. He didn’t have to do a lot. After all, I walked into his office and said, “Put me on a ship, yesterday.” I was the dream recruit. I scored high on my ASVAB, had no criminal record, etc, plus, I was ready to go. And, he put me on a plane to Great Lakes, Illinois approximately 2 weeks after I walked into his office for the first time. I have never regretted it. I can’t say that I loved the Navy, but I didn’t hate it, either. I hated my job, but loved the atmosphere. As a result, I ended up somewhere in the middle. I will say, though, that I loved being at sea. I miss it, even 12 years later.

Then, I want to thank Gary’s recruiter. I don’t know how Gary feels about his recruiter. But, I am very thankful to him. After all, if it weren’t for Gary’s recruiter, we wouldn’t be married, and I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.

This brings me to the reason I am writing this post. It infuriates irritates me that so many people are so derogatory toward recruiters. I think that we should all go and thank our local recruiters. After all, without them, we would not have a military. Without our military, we would not be free. Military recruiters go through a lot. They work long hours and are gone from their families a lot. Yet, they rarely get thanked for the service they provide to our country.

I want to start a “Get out the cookie campaign.” On February 27th, 2 weeks from today, the boys and I will be taking cookies to our local recruiting office. We’ll also take them some homemade thank you cards. I would love to see other people do the same thing on the same day. Perhaps we could make it an annual thing. But, I need your help. Please, help me get out the word about this. Email your friends and family. If you have a blog, mention it. I’m starting a Facebook group for this. It’ll be called “Get out the cookies: Support our Recruiters.” Then, if you’re able, on February 27th, get over to your local recruiters and tell them thank you.

1 comment:

  1. If I'm not in labor, I'll think about it... not likely to get out that day though, given the circumstances :) I will post a blog for you (to the two people who read my blog ;) )

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