The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

Ahh, recruiters: the future soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine’s first official introduction to the U.S. armed forces and a figure … Continued

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

Ahh, recruiters: the future soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine’s first official introduction to the U.S. armed forces and a figure who will live in infamy forever thanks to the truest maxim in the modern military: “My recruiter lied to me.”

Now, don’t get us wrong, the vast majority of recruiters are dedicated professionals tasked with a tough assignment that forces them to work brutal hours on an unforgiving timetable to keep the military stocked with fresh troops. But, some of them do lie. Usually, it’s a little fib like “sure, you’ll have a say in where you’re stationed,” which is sort of true, you do have a say, but nobody cares where you wanna go. Have fun at Twentynine Palms in California. Other recruiters, well, they’ll say just about anything to get that signature on the dotted line: “Sure kid, enlisted soldiers can totally fly jets in the Army. Atta boy, Maverick. Yeah, definitely go open contract…”

With this in mind, we asked our beloved readers on the Task & Purpose Facebook page to tell us the biggest lies your recruiter ever told. And boy, you didn’t disappoint.

“Medic? What’s a medic?”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Yeah, you can definitely do that later.”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“You’ve got a bachelor's degree? Definitely enlist.”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Pretty sure there’s a waiver for that.”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Details are for POGs.”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Thanks so much, Staff Sgt. Jodie.”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Free haircuts!”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“What are ‘signing bonuses?’”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Of course you can change your MOS after a year!”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

“Your military experience will be 100% transferable to the private sector.”

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

Was your recruiter named Hannibal Smith?

The 11 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell, According To The Internet

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