Rear Admiral Barbara McGann's comments on recruiting in April's Proceedings are on the mark in her assessment of the problem, her pride in Navy recruiters, and in her recognition that recruiters can't do the job alone.
Since my retirement in 1992 I have gained a unique perspective into this tough business—from starting two subsidiaries of a large corporation that hired transitioning servicemembers to leading, for almost five years, a company that recruits for some of America's largest corporations. We register and talk to more than 60,000 transitioning servicemembers annually (about 30% percent of the transitioning population) and I personally have visited more than 200 corporations in search of jobs for former members of the armed forces. We handle all ranks but our core business is helping the lower ranks, across all skill-sets, find good jobs. I believe my vantage point lends credence to Admiral McGann's comments and also may offer a unique insight into what recruiters face today—and how we may help them.