even though he violated the Army’s strict recruitment guidelines — and
officials promised swift corrective action – Kelt has instead been
transferred to another recruiting office where he has been promoted to
The Army says he’s the perfect person to be in
charge of other recruiters since he experienced first hand what happens
when ethics rules are broken.
The Army says it prosecuted 325
cases of recruiter fraud last year. Thirty-five of those were relieved
of duty, hundreds more were given reprimands."
Kelt was accused of threatening recruits with arrest if they didn’t enlist. One of these potential recruits was 20-year old Chris Monarch, who called a Houston recruiting office and spoke with Kelt about joining the military. After making an appointment with Kelt, Monarch changed his mind and cancelled the meeting.
said I’m a volunteer firefighter and eventually gonna try to go career
with it and I’m just not interested anymore and I hung up the phone,"
But the recruiter wouldn’t take no for an answer — with a phone message threatening Monarch with arrest if he didn’t show.
federal law you got an appointment with me at two o’clock this
afternoon at Greenspoint Mall." said Kelt. "OK, you fail to appear and
we’ll have a warrant, OK? So give me a call back."
In fear, Monarch called the recruiter back.
"He said, ‘Oh Chris, don’t worry about that. That’s just a marketing technique I use,"’ Monarch recounted."
The CBS story also notes that the Army needs over 101,000 new soldiers this year. And this is putting pressure on recruiters, who face declining enthusiam for the military, along with a continuing decrease in new recruits.
"It’s very stressful," said former recruiter Jeffery Bacon.
Bacon says he’s been busted from Sergeant to Specialist for not meeting his quota of 24 soldiers a year.
"I’m losing my house because I’m losing my job, you know. I’m in financial debt," Bacon said.