This is a difficult ethical question. What are my options for giving a gift to my recruiter? Recognizing that my recruiter has gone to bat for me several times now, and has even put in some weekend hours on my case, I feel like I want to do something for him. I understand that it is the service and duty that is his reward, and that he derives pleasure from just standing at the position of attention and saluting the flag every morning, and gifts are not necessary.
However, if I'm selected, this is going to be one of those "flash bulb memory" moments that I'll never forget, and I won't be able to contain my appreciation. I will want to show my gratitude to my recruiter, but I also don't want to cross any ethical lines as far as USCG regulations. Given that I only have a small percentage chance of being selected (maybe the same odds as picking Lehigh to win the March Madness bracket) for my particular program, this may not even come to pass, but if it does I want to be ready.
Would it be inappropriate if I bought him a six pack of beer, gave him some tickets to a NBA game, or took him out to dinner? Maybe a gift certificate to play at a local golf course? Other than squeezing the hell out of his hand when I shake it, and adding him to my annual Christmas card list, what are some acceptable forms of appreciation for all his work and effort on my behalf?
Keep in mind, I will not be doing any of this before the results come out, and he knows nothing of my intention, so these gifts DEFINITELY are not meant to influence his behavior, ONLY to show my appreciation AFTER the fact.