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Indiana National Guard Recruiter of the Year, Sgt. Brooke Bailey, poses with fellow recruiters at a career fair in Muncie, Ind. Sgt. Bailey is the first female recruiter to be named "Recruiter of the Year" in Indiana. - Photo by Army 1st Lt. Brian Weitzei 2nd Lt. Brian Weitzeil

Indiana National Guard Recruiter of the Year, Sgt. Brooke Bailey, poses with fellow recruiters at a career fair, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Muncie Area Career Center, Muncie, Ind. Bailey is the first female recruiter to be named Recruiter of the Year in Indiana. U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Brian Weitzeil

MUNCIE, Ind. –A Muncie native was named the Indiana Army National Guard’s recruiter of the year.

Sgt. Brooke Bailey, who has been a recruiter for a little more than year and enlisted 36 people last year, is the first female recruiter to be awarded the Chief’s 54, the award for Indiana’s top recruiter.

“It's an honor to be awarded the Chief's 54,” said Bailey. “There has never been a female selected for the Chief's 54, and last year was my rookie year, so to be a rookie and a female and take the award is kind of a big deal. It meant a lot.”

In August, 11 of the Indiana Army National Guard’s top recruiters were selected to compete for the title of recruiter of the year. The competition was more than who recruited the most soldiers; it also included an Army physical fitness test and an oral test that challenged their knowledge on topics ranging from recruiting procedures, to soldier skills, to extracurricular activities outside of work.

“The hardest part about the board was the anxiety, said Bailey of the question and answer oral examination “I was confident with all the questions they were going to ask on the board, but all of these exceptional recruiters are bringing their best to the plate. It was the strict competition that made it stressful.”

Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, is scheduled to present Bailey with her award Nov. 1, at a private event. In the mean time she prepares to compete for recruiter of the year at the national level in November.

Bailey will be recruiting out of the newly opened National Guard storefront on the Ball State University campus and invites Muncie-area residents to join her in the grand opening Saturday, at the corner of University Avenue and Calvert Avenue from noon to 3 p.m.


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Date Taken:10.11.2013

Date Posted:10.24.2013 08:10

Location:MUNCIE, IN, USGlobe

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