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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota recruiters exceed recruiting goals

Minnesota National Guard ROSEMOUNT, Minn- For the Minnesota National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, 127% isn't just a number, it's about people - Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers, recruits, to be specific

Fiscal year 2013 was a very good year for the recruiting battalion Nearly 1,600 Soldiers enlisted into the Minnesota Army National Guard, 26 percent over the projected goal According to Command Sgt Maj David Eustice, recruiting battalion noncommissioned officer-in-charge, "Involvement in the community was key to making Minnesota top in the nation for recruiting Not only did we make the top percentile, we did it in the shortest period of time"

After nine years in the recruiting command, Eustice has seen his share of recruiters The qualities that come to mind when he thinks of a good recruiter are initiative, an outgoing personality, articulate, caring about the Guard, a good problem solver and the ability to listen He says this year's top recruiters have all those qualities and more

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Popelka out of Monticello, Minn, reached his goal of 22 recruits by March 20 As the senior member of his recruiting team, he credits his team members, his mentors and the support of his wife with helping him attain his goal His philosophies are to get involved in the community, so people can get to know the person behind the uniform and to be professional at all times Helping the soldier into a positive future is his motto

For two years in a row, Staff Sgt Michael Beelow out of Owatonna, Minn, has stood out as a top recruiter This year, he reached his mission of 25 recruits by March 28 His secrets of success? He tries to match the goals of the recruit for the long term, listen and let the recruit know that there is some give and take involved with reaching their goals and to seek continuous improvement He says that being successful as a recruiter is very similar to owning your own business, it takes a lot of initiative and perseverance

For ten years the Minnesota National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion has met their goal of 100 percent or more Team training and high standards helped the organization contribute to creating the optimal force structure to ensure the future success of the Minnesota National Guard

September 27, 2013
by Russ Gamache
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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