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October 12, 2012


Fort McCoy Recruiting Company

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
The Fort McCoy Recruiting Company, “Team Prospector,” enlists qualified personnel to serve in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve (USAR) by conducting decentralized small-unit recruiting operations. Small-unit teams allow recruiters to work together and maximize efforts to recruit the most-qualified individuals. The company is a priority for the recruitment of USAR Soldiers.
PHOTO: Recruiters with the Fort McCoy Recruiting Company observe future Soldiers do push-ups. Contributed photo
Recruiters with the Fort McCoy Recruiting Company observe future Soldiers do push-ups during a Mega Future Soldier event at Fort McCoy, while Families and friends watch. The company hosts Future Soldier events to introduce recruits and Families to Army life. 
(Contributed photo )

Team Prospector, headquartered at Fort McCoy, has responsibility for about a third of Wisconsin. It commands recruiting centers in Onalaska, Wausau, Hudson, Plover and Eau Claire.

The company is a subordinate unit of the Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, 3rd Recruiting Brigade of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Recruiting is a strategic mission that uses targeted efforts and community partnerships to reach goals. Recruiters analyze the recruiting environment and formulate a plan to best publicize Army opportunities to potential recruits, Families, employers, business leaders and other influencers.

Company recruiters seek new recruits through traditional recruiting methods, such as visiting high schools, as well as by building strong community relationships through participation in community events, and creating partnerships with education, civic and business organizations.

Partnership examples include the March 2 Success program, which is an online tool that helps educators prepare students for standardized tests, and the Partnership for Youth Success Program, which connects businesses with recruits who may be qualified for jobs after serving in the Army. Information about these and other programs, is available at www.usarec.army.mil/index.html.

Recruiters meet with potential recruits to guide them toward a plan that most-benefits the individual and the Army and to offer guidance about the options for Army Reserve, active-duty, and civilian career paths. With a recruiter’s help, potential recruits will leave the recruiting center with a plan, whether that includes joining the Army or not.

What have they done?
The company participates in a variety of community events throughout the year; recently it supported the Field of Honor in Eau Claire. It also hosts events such as Future Soldier training, which helps new recruits and their Families learn about Army life, and Strength in Action Tours, which educate high school students and faculty about Army programs and benefits.

At Fort McCoy the company has participated in installation activities such as the Armed Forces Day Open House, the Army Concert Tour, and the Speakers Bureau Program.

What do they have planned?
The Fort McCoy Recruiting Company will participate in Veterans Day activities, such as presentations at schools and parades, throughout the communities they serve.

In November Team Prospector will host an Educator Tour at Fort McCoy to show educators the various aspects of Army life.

The company will continue to focus on its mission of recruiting the best-qualified candidates and on strategic efforts to inform prior-service Soldiers about the benefits of re-enlisting.

Why are they important?
Recruiters must be among the best Soldiers in the Army.

Experience and knowledge of Army life and commitment to the Army Values allow recruiters to be leaders who lead from the front.

Recruiters are ambassadors of the Army and work to become part of the communities they serve.

Through various programs, recruiters assist communities in education shortfalls, obesity problems and other critical issues, to have a positive impact on individuals, the community and the country.

Recruiters help ensure the future of the Army force.

For more information about the Fort McCoy Recruiting Company, call 608-388-2037 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ArmyRecruitingCoFortMcCoy.

Recruiting Center phone numbers are: Onalaska, 608- 784-8340; Eau Claire, 715-845-8292; Hudson, 651-773-7095; Plover, 715-344-2356; and Wausau, 715-845-8292. Links to Facebook pages for the Onalaska, Wausau and Eau Claire centers are available through the Fort McCoy Recruiting Company Facebook page.

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