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News | Dec. 13, 2019

17 recruiters earn master recruiter badge in 2019

By USAREC PAO U.S. Army Recruiting Command

Seventeen recruiters from across U.S. Army Recruiting Command earned the coveted Master Recruiter Badge at the command headquarters here today.

The competition began Monday with 68 Soldiers and continued throughout the week with various tasks and tests to measure how well recruiters know and perform their jobs. The competition was designed to be challenging, and only those with expert knowledge and skills in the field earn the Master Recruiter Badge.

In order to earn this badge, recruiting Soldiers must demonstrate knowledge competency through the Master Recruiter Badge Competency Test and then execute hands-on application through graded practical exercises. Soldiers were evaluated on the following areas:

               (1) A written eligibility examination

               (2) Development of a plan in support of station operations

               (3)  Process an enlistment application

               (4)  Implement a school recruiting program

               (5) Conduct prospecting activities

               (6) Overcome obstacles

               (7) Conducting an Army Interview

               (8) Conduct the OPAT

               (9) Lead a Future Soldier (Future Soldier Orientation)

               (10) Recruiter-centric network examination and community partner event

The first Master Recruiter Badge competition was held in September 2014 when 10 recruiters earned the badge. The 17 new badge owners are now part of the 64 total Army recruiters who have earned the badge. This is the first year an officer competed and received this award.

The following personnel demonstrated their expert knowledge and earned the Master Recruiter Badge:

Recruiting and Retention College:

Maj. Kenneth Kovach

Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Bishop

Sgt. 1st Class Colby McCartney

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Paulhamus

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schwenk


1st Recruiting Brigade:

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Hodge          Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion

Sgt. 1st Class Scott Key                 Richmond Recruiting Battalion

Staff Sgt. James Everly                  Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion


2nd Recruiting Brigade:

1st Sgt. Stacey McCarty                 Montgomery Recruiting Battalion

Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Dimsdale       Raleigh Recruiting Battalion        

Sgt. 1st Class John Hand               Raleigh Recruiting Battalion

Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Walters      Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion

Staff Sgt. Justin Herrington            Columbia Recruiting Battalion

Staff Sgt. Joshua Sulkers               Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion


3rd Recruiting Brigade:

1st Sgt. Stephen Coghill                Chicago Recruiting Battalion

Sgt. 1st David Epp                         Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion

Staff Sgt. Christopher Button         Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion




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