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News | May 3, 2021

12 Soldiers earn Master Recruiter Badge

USAREC Public Affairs

After a week of intense testing, 11 recruiting NCOs emerged as experts in the field and earned the Master Recruiter Badge at U.S. Army Recruiting Command headquarters here April 30.

The following personnel demonstrated their expert knowledge and received the badge:

Recruiting and Retention College
Sgt. 1st Class Armond Evansscott
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan French

1st Recruiting Brigade

Master Sgt. Eljay Blount, 1st Recruiting Brigade

2nd Recruiting Brigade
Staff Sgt. Anthony Leis, Raleigh Recruiting Battalion

3rd Recruiting Brigade
Master Sgt. Joshua Delancey, 3rd Recruiting Brigade
Capt. Joseph Wahl, Chicago Recruiting Battalion
1st Sgt. Duane Nielson, Chicago Recruiting Battalion
Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Sandifer, Chicago Recruiting Battalion
Sgt. 1st Class Zackary Bonner, Cleveland Recruiting Battalion
1st Sgt. Jared Bullock, Nashville Recruiting Battalion

5th Recruiting Brigade
Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Perfetto, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion

Special Operations Recruiting Battalion
1st Sgt. Michael Walsch

In order to earn this badge, recruiting NCOs 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 competition began April 25 and continued throughout the week with various tasks and tests to measure how well recruiting NCOs 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.

The first Master Recruiter Badge competition was held in September 2014 when 10 recruiting NCOs earned the badge. The 12 new badge owners are now part of the 68 total Soldiers who have earned the Master Recruiter Badge. This is the second year an officer competed and received this award.

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