Before I begin, I feel I should make it clear that I have absolutely nothing but respect for all branches of the United States military and everything they’ve done for this country and that this post is in no way an attack on any member of any branch of the armed forces.
Last week a recruiter from the Marine Corps called my house to attempt to talk me into enlisting (I understand that he’s just doing his job). It was a phone conversation that lasted several minutes and consisted of him telling me the benefits of enlisting in the Marines, then a quick questionnaire to see if I qualified for enlistment. My asthma (for which I have been receiving treatment, including inhalers, nebulizers, and pills since I was seven years old) disqualified me, thus ending the phone call.
Today when I was walking to my local GNC, a Marine recruiter was standing in the parking lot (there’s a Marine recruiting office right next to GNC). He introduced himself to me and brought me inside the office, where a bunch of other Marines spoke to me about the same things that the recruiter over the phone did. This too concluded with a survey that ended when I informed them of my asthma.
Normally I’m pretty quick to ignore salespeople (because let’s face it, these recruiters are trying to sell civilians on the idea of enlisting) and telemarketers, but since these are the people defending my country, I really don’t want to be disrespectful to them. However, these attempts to get me to enlist are all very inconvenient and somewhat time consuming. I would like to end these conversations faster, but without being rude to them. I really hate to waste both my time and theirs (I have absolutely no interest in enlisting, asthma or not). It’s even harder when it’s in person like when I was going to GNC. Does anyone have any suggestions for avoiding these situations and for shortening them when they do occur?