Military recruiters are responsible for representing their respective branches of the Armed Forces to potential enlistees. A military recruiter usually works in an office location, not on a military base, and therefore with limited supervision. Recruiters are expected to maintain the highest levels of professionalism as they help young people make informed decisions about joining the military and selecting training options.
A military recruiter is an enlisted member of one branch of the Armed Forces with a rank of E-4 or higher. This means a minimum rank of corporal in the Army or Marine Corps, Senior Airman in the Air Force, Specialist in the Coat Guard and Petty Officer Third Class in the Navy. Each service maintains its own system of recruiters. Military pay is determined by the United States Congress, not the individual services. Consequently, all military recruiters are paid according to the same rules.
Military pay for recruiters and other enlisted personnel has several components. In addition to basic pay, a military recruiter receives basic allowances for subsistence and housing. The rates vary depending on the recruiter’s family size. There is also a tax advantage built into the pay scale. Additional compensation (referred to as “Special Pays”) may be added. For military recruiters, Special Pays might include special assignment and foreign language proficiency pay.
Because of the complexity of military pay schedules, the amount military recruiters make in a year varies considerably. As an example, an unmarried E-4 recruiter with 3 years time in service receives basic pay and allowances amounting to $33,407 (as of the date of publication). With Special Pays for language proficiency and special duty added, total pay might be as much as $44,209. However, most people have higher rank and more years in service when they become military recruiters. For instance, as of 2011 the majority of military recruiters made from $56,000 to $78,000 a year, with an average of $65,250.
Although details vary, the requirements for becoming a military recruiter are similar for all branches of service. Some people volunteer for recruiter duty and others are recommended for this assignment by their superiors. A military recruiter must pass the standard physical and medical fitness examinations required of all military personnel. He must agree to serve a minimum of four years as a military recruiter and pass a screening interview. Finally, to become a military recruiter, he must attend and successfully complete a seven-week training course.