What Is a U.S. Army 79R Recruiter?

Army Enlisted Job Descriptions

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Pablo Valdez Martinez (L) smiles as he greets a potential Army recruit in the new office for the City Hall Recruiting Station December 17, 2009 in lower Manhattan in New York.
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According to the U.S. Army, most of its recruiters are on a three-year special duty assignment. Once their recruiting duties are over, they are reassigned back to their primary Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) job. Eligible Soldiers in the rank of Sergeant through Sergeant First Class can volunteer for recruiting duty, if otherwise qualified. Soldiers who volunteer for recruiting duty have the option of selecting their priority of assignments under the assignment incentive program.

Special Duty Assignments

The Army can also involuntarily select eligible Soldiers for this three-year special duty assignment. This is known as an "A DA-selected Recruiter." The selection process starts with assignment managers at the Personnel Command who review the personnel records of soldiers from all Army MOS (jobs). The best soldiers in each career field are nominated to be recruiters. The nominations are then sent to the field where each nominee's immediate commander must verify that the soldier meets the high standards necessary to become an Army recruiter. There is a similar program for selecting Drill Sergeants. On average, around 1,000 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) per year are involuntarily selected for recruiting duty.

However, there are some NCOs who are "permanent recruiters." After 24 successful months of special duty recruiting, NCOs can volunteer to re-train into MOS 79R, Recruiter.

Duties Performed by Soldiers in This MOS 

  • Recruits, interviews, counsels and qualifies applicants for enlistment.
  • Distributes and displays recruiting publicity material. Identifies and cultivates community centers of influence.
  • Explains benefits.
  • Prepares enlistment forms and documents.
  • Arranges for transportation, meals, and lodging for applicants where required.
  • Assists in market research and analysis and makes appropriate recommendations to the chain of command.
  • Utilizes and analyzes management data to evaluate subordinates' performance.
  • Conducts professional development programs. Accomplishes administration, prepares plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Maintains statistics on recruiting programs.
  • Maintains enlistment publications and administrative files. Prepares enlistment reports.

Training Information

Army Recruiting Course (ARC): 6 weeks, 4 days, at Fort Jackson, SC

ASVAB Score Required: 110 in aptitude area GT waivable to 100 with a score of 100 in aptitude ST.

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: None Established

Physical Profile Requirement: 132221

Other Requirements

  • Cannot have had a bankruptcy within the past 5 years, cannot have current credit problems
  • Must have a high school diploma. Those with GEDs can qualify if they have at least 30 college credits (waivers possible)
  • Soldiers in the rank of Sergeant must have less than 8 years time-in-service (TIS)
  • Soldiers in the rank of Sergeant (Promotable or Staff Sergeants must have less than 12 years TIS
  • Soldiers in the rank of Staff Sergeant (Promotable) or Sergeant First Class must have less than 14 years TIS
  • Must be at least 21 years old, but not exceed 37 for SGT or 39 for SSG or SFC

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