An Open Letter from an Army Recruiter
February 7, 2008
I wanted to show you my love for my job and for the U.S. Army. My name is Sgt. Justin C. Ellis, and I am an Active Guard Reserve recruiter in Marion, Ohio.
I graduated from Cedarburg High School in Cedarburg, Wisc., in 1999 and joined the Army in 2000 as a Multiple-Launch Rocket System crewmember. After completing training at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Sill, Okla., I headed to Babenhausen, Germany, where I was assigned to an artillery unit. I then took part in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. When I returned to the United States in March 2004, I was honorably discharged from the Army. I struggled in the civilian sector to provide for my Family and joined the Army Reserve as part of the 84th Division and the 100th Division in Milwaukee.
The Army Reserves was great but I saw that they were struggling with retention and new enlistments so I volunteered to be an Army Reserve Recruiter. Since I graduated the Recruiting School in March 2005, I have been stationed in Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion at the Louisville Downtown Recruiting Station, the Louisville Preston Recruiting Station, and in the Columbus Recruiting Battalion at the Mansfield Recruiting Station, and the Marion Recruiting Station. I have recently received my recruiter ring and will have my Glen E. Morrell Award in a few months. I have a lovely wife Stacy, who is also the Marion Company Family Readiness Group leader, and two beautiful daughters.
When the Army transitioned to putting the graphics on our government vehicles, I was moved and thought, how can I better do my job then to advertise the U.S. Army on my personal vehicle as well as on my government vehicle. I was fortunate enough to get close to the Army's new slogan of Army Strong. I constantly get asked for my business cards and for my car to be in car shows and parades. Jeep Magazine has recently published an article about me and my Jeep in their quarterly publication.
I wholeheartedly believe that I would have never achieved what I have achieved and would still be stuck in dead-end jobs going nowhere in life. This is not my job or my career, this is my life. Everything that I am, everything that I have, and everything my family is built on is because of the Army.
SGT Justin C. Ellis