When scientologists join the Sea Org, the recruiters push really hard for them to start "RIGHT NOW"!!! People are pressured to sell everything, drop everything, give away everything and totally disconnect from the "WOG" (real) world. Here is a post I wrote (I used to be a recruiter) about how people get recruited:
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2005 - 5:46 pm:
Speaking from my experience as a Sea Org Missionaire and recruiter, we
used to take anyone who could get on a bus train or plane before
Thursday at 2pm. (Stats Day, the most holy day of the week in
scientology). Many would not pass the quals and get routed out, but
hey, that was HCOs problem. Many of the current top executives and old
timers got in the Sea Org under these relaxed qualifications and would
never be allowed in now.
Now, the qualifications are very strict. I will try to give you an
0.) You get regged to join the Sea Org
1.) The recruiter interviews you about basic out quals, including LSD,
any psych history or drugs including ritalin, any criminal history,
any debts, any connection to press or other antagonistic sources, any
connection to anyone not in good standing with the church, any
objections from your parents or family, etc.
2.) Once you have passed this interview, you are invited to sign your
billion year Sea Org Contract. Ideally, this is done with as much pomp
and circumstance as possible, at events there will be a special table
all set up with Sea Org insignia and decorations, and the Sea Org
Officers will be there in full uniform complete with braids, medals
and campaign ribbons to shake your hand and make you feel really
important. A formal swearing in and signing will take place. Pictures
will be taken.
3.) Usually the next morning you will be scheduled to take tests and
fill out your Life History Form. The tests are the OCA, the IQ test,
the Aptitude Test and the Leadership Test. The Life History is now on
a floppy disk, and is even more specific and intrusive, Warriors
outline above is good, I do have a more recent one I will try to find
and post later.
4.) Also at this point an auditor or meter trained recruiter will will
give you a meter check on the A to J PTS types and a meter check on
Help and Control. The whole list doesn't have to F/N, but any reads
must be handled to F/N.
5.) All your data plus a routing form is put into a folder and
submitted to Security, who will do computer searches on you, DMV
check, credit check, etc, plus check on all the friends and family you
put on your life History. They will also run a cross check through
their internal computers checking for any data they already have on
file about you or anyone you know.
6.) Once you pass ok from Security, the folder goes to OSA. OSA will
check their own secret records and do their other secret background
checks, including contacting the DSA (department of special affairs)
of every org or mission you were ever affiliated with, looking for any
flaps, ethics situations, etc.
7.) If you have made it this far, a "Project Prepare" is written and
added to your folder. This is your plan for getting yourself 100% out
of the wog world and includes things like selling all your mest,
closing your lease or selling your house or business, paying all
debts, finding a home for your dog, etc. This is all supposed to be
done "RIGHT NOW". Unless the recruit arrives within days or weeks they
often fall off the line and never arrive because they have too much
time to think about it and get influenced by their friends and family
not to do it.
8.) Once you arrive in the Sea Org, you route on to the EPF (estates
project force). This consists of 5 hours of indoctrination and 8 hours
of mest work per day. There are 5 courses, Basic Study Manual,
Introduction to Scientology Ethics, Welcome to the Sea Org (5 tapes),
Keys to Competence, and the Basic Sea Org Member Hat. The EPF should
take 2 or 3 weeks, and those who don't finish in that time start to
have their quals reviewed. If you have made it this far, you will get
help for things like study problems or a minor PTS situation, but
around 30% are offloaded for things like physical problems that show
up when they can't handle the heavy mest work or schedule, trouble
taking or giving orders, discipline problems, financial problems, or a
PTS situation that wasn't known before, such as parents, ex-spouse or
children who get upset once you have routed in.
9.) Once you graduate the EPF, you are supposed to be posted in the
HCO Expeditor pool, where you continue 5 hours of study per day on
Staff Status 0, SSI, and SSII. Your jobs are supposed to be to go work
where HCO says you are needed, and thus get a feel for the
organization. This almost never happens though, because of the chronic
short staffing, and "divisional recruitment" wherein the division who
recruited you wants you RIGHT NOW cover some black hole of a post that
they think is critical.
10.) Usually step 9 is skipped, and you are just slammed onto a post
and given 10 thousand orders to get your stats up. You get no bonuses
or priveledges until you are fully hatted for your post. You are
supposed to get 5 hours study until you are fully hatted, but good
luck, buddy. I know many execs who were not fully hatted years later.
Welcome to the Sea Org!