A soldier from Joliet was one of the U.S. Army's top 13 recruiters recognized by Secretary of the Army Mark Esper at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Feb. 4.
Staff Sgt. Jon McCoy, currently a warrant officer recruiter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, helped 150 individuals continue their careers as warrant officers in the U.S. Army between October and December 2018, accounting for 31 percent of all warrant officers boarded during that time.
McCoy has served for 12 years and says he joined because he was looking for a career, not realizing then it would become his profession.
"As the Army warrant officer recruiter responsible for the western region of the United States and Pacific Command, I travel on average over 170 days out of the year, and she holds down the home front," McCoy said in a news release. "I thank my wife, leadership and mentors for the path that led to this accomplishment."
McCoy transitioned his military occupational specialty to Army recruiter five years ago, but he served his first seven years in the Army as an infantryman at Fort Irwin, California, and a Chinook helicopter repairer in Ansbach, Germany. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In a news release, Esper said he has made accessions one of his main priorities and recently directed a modernization of the Army's recruiting efforts to ensure recruiters have the resources they need to connect with qualified applicants.
As a warrant officer recruiter, McCoy looks for individuals on active duty, Reserve and Guard across the Department of Defense agencies who want to become active duty Army warrant officers.
Warrant officers are soldiers who are subject matter experts in their chosen career fields.
McCoy is one of two soldiers responsible for the western region, which consists of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, in addition to Guam, Japan and South Korea.
"We are facing the toughest labor market we have seen since the all-volunteer force was established in the 1970s," Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, who leads U.S. Army Recruiting Command, based at Fort Knox, Kentucky, said in a news release.
McCoy and more than 9,000 other recruiters around the world helped the U.S. Army hire more than 80,000 individuals for full-time and part-time careers in the active Army and Army Reserve in 2018.