Recruiting duty helps Soldier's dream become reality
By By Alun Thomas
Phoenix Recruiting Battalion
GLENDALE, Ariz, Dec. 7, 2017 —
When Staff Sgt. Albert Boston joined the Army as a human resources specialist six years ago, he knew he eventually wanted to become a recruiter, but he didn't know being a recruiter would bring him closer to his favorite sports team.
Boston started his first recruiting assignment at the Show Low Recruiting Center, located in eastern Arizona, in October, and he quickly adapted to the life of a recruiter.
"I always wanted to be a recruiter. I volunteered when I was an E-5 (sergeant), but was told I wasn't eligible," Boston said. "Everything works out for a reason; however, and here I am doing what I hoped to do."
Doing what he always wanted to do in the Army has allowed him to serve close to the Arizona Cardinals, and Boston says he has been a lifelong fan of the team. To his surprise, Boston was able to get up close and personal with his favorite team just two months after arriving in Arizona.
He was selected for the Sanderson Ford Seats for Soldiers program, which selects Soldiers to receive premium seats and a pre-game on-field pass, where they are recognized in front of the crowd. The Arizona Cardinals recognized Boston during a Dec. 3 game against the Los Angeles Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The opportunity, one he may not have had on any other assignment, was precious for Boston who was able to meet the team prior to the game. Despite the Cardinals 32-16 loss, it was a proud moment for Boston.
"I'm a huge Cardinals fan, and it was the opportunity of a lifetime," he said. "At the start of the second quarter, I went on the field by the end zone, where I got a shout out from the Cardinals organization."
Boston, 26, a native of Staunton, Illinois, said he loves working in Show Low, and not just because of the Cardinals. He said his mission of recruiting Future Soldiers is also off to a good start, as he learns the proper way to communicate with potential recruits.
"I'm honest with them, and I shoot straight. I find something they're interested in and take it from there," he said. "We have over 150 jobs available, so there's something for everyone."
Currently only three out of 10 of youth meet the minimum requirements necessary to join the military. Boston said this and other factors are key when giving his advice to those planning on joining the Army.
"My advice is to not let their fear of the unknown stop them doing something they want to do," Boston said. "If they sit down with an Army recruiter and do their research, they'll find the Army is a great career."