Monday, April 16, 2007

The Hammer

I have a new nickname. Major Magneto called MSG Ranger and said "D*mn, we need to call her the Hammer!" I chuckled. My nickname in the Navy was Sledge Hammer or Hammer for short.

Friday, April 13, 2007

8 Days continued

Now 6 recruits in 8 days I did not accomplish by my self. My immediate supervisor was a great help. My MSG assigned a PFC to help me. The MEPS Liasons helped me tremendously!!!

Yes, I am going to breathe for a minute! I am taking daughter to the toy store tomorrow followed by a day of shopping. Sunday I am spending with son. Darling Husband and I will be taking four days of leave to spend alone without kids or recruits. ;-)

8 days

Whew. OK, the last 8 days have been a whirlwind. Let me back up to when I got back from WLC.

I loved WLC, so much so I really comtemplated applying for DS Drill Sergeant or Drill Instructor) school and voltuneering to be a DI at Fort Jackson. I had it on good authority they were looking for DS's. I was *really* contemplating it so much I asked my husband about it. He promptly said "Not a good idea". WHY??!! "Um, you think you don't have a life *now*???" Well, yeah there's that.... but but but I sputtered.

So I spent about a week and a half lamenting my lot in life. Then I suddenly realized with a start that there was only one more week in March and I had not put anyone in boots! YIKES!! Nightmares ensue. I act all weird to prospects scaring them off. I roll the big zero, a doughnut, NO ENLISTMENTS for the month of March.

MSG Ranger assures me that all is not lost and that I can redeem myself and my good name. All this with no shouting, no yelling, no pressure. Well maybe a little pressure. Like daily phones calls "Well Ranger Fields?? whatcha got?" LOL. No pressure there. ;-)

So I line up 7 applicants. They all slowly either fade away or disqualify themselves. Don't ask.

Meanwhile two of my "teammates" are busy trying to poach my county. OK, so TECHNICALLY a recruiter can only "poach" from a high school. But I work my county. If you want my county, fine. I'll trade. Oh you don't *want* to trade? Then stay the hell out of my county. Comprende? I come by the Colombian cartell attitude honestly.

Finally I sit down and say to myself, "Ok, lets pull your head out of your arse and figure this out." I talk to everyone. I ask my family to pray. I go to all my schools and talk to anyone who will look at me. I give out goodies to everyone (I call it recruiting candy. No one can refuse it) I call counselors, I call colleges, I call trade schools. I call over 120 leads in my box. I call old leads, old prospects, old applicants.

That was 10 days ago.

Today I got a call from my CSM. I put in 6 recruits in 8 days.

more to come

Friday, April 06, 2007

Junior High Humor

I saw Blades Of Glory today. My son turned 12 and my sister and I took him to the restaurant of his choice (Dead Lobster) and the Movie of his choice. OF COURSE he chose a movie targeting a young male audience. However I love Will Farrell, and Farrell at least makes movies that have enough humor to make even a mom laugh. IT WAS HILARIOUS. Yeah there were quite a few juvenile moments but over all it was a hoot. The Iron Lotus was so funny.