I am a recruiter. I called a hot lead (someone looking for information on the Army) I identified my self and said (Is So and so there this is SGT ...... an Army reserve recruiter. The phone was handed off to someone else. I again identified myself as SGT .... You were trying to get information on our part time jobs or full time jobs with the Army or Army reserves how can I help you? The person said (well im in the national guard and my Daughter will only join the Guard or Active duty! This was said in a demeaning way towards me. I then said I do handle active duty jobs also. I said that there were remarks from the last recruiter that said she was not interested till her 1st yr of college was done. and read his remark. I then said has anything changed and what are her interests now. The person went off on me saying he was colonial ..... and she wont be joining through you. He said (I told you I was Colonial .... and you talk to me like a dam enlisted person. You will never get any applicants speaking to anybody that way. She wont be joining through you then hung up on me. The next morning a national guard recruiter called saying many what did you do to piss off a full bird colonial. He stated the colonial came in to talk to him and that they are close friends. He was going to have lunch with the colonial and would find out why or what is going on. Since I still had no idea what this colonial was upset for the recruiter said since there good friends he would talk to him. He noted that the colonial asked him to be his security detail on an upcoming deployment too. Then today I find out that this colonial made a sworn statement and sent it to my colonial. What should I expect or do? My first line leader said not to worry about it. I just cant imagine one why an officer would act this way on the phone and I never being rude or disrespectful could make false allegations and then since hes a colonial everyone says since hes a colonial i should not even bother arguing this at all because of his rank in the national guard. Confused what should i do?
He then slammed the phone down. the next day the guard recruiter called said his close friend that is a colonial is pissed and i said I have no idea why. I explained i was polite ect. then today i found out he sent a sworn statement to my Colonial. What should I do or expect? my First line leader said not to worry
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.If your conduct was professional I would not sweat it. Some folks are just cranky. Sounds like that is the case with this Colonel.So long as your conduct was professional I doubt that this will be an issue. Worst case, if they try and impose an Art 15 you can refuse and demand a court. From your description I doubt that will be needed.
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
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