We understand the game,,,Actually no. When we did get a volunteer (and most were volunteers. NOT recruited. They walked in) that scored highly and looked to be an "optimal recruit" it was unfortunately our job to try to get them to fill a needed space. That often meant 'guiding' them towards a billet that WE needed to fill. After all, just because you scored high on the testing does not mean you HAD to take a billet that required those scores. I began to develop an eye for who were the best of the best.
I will say that both Marine recruiters that we spoke to along with one of my friends I served with that spent a few years as a Marine recruiter in Annapolis all tried to talk my son into college ROTC.
My son chose not to and went infantry. His recruiter in St Marys treated him very well..
My son did delayed entry for 5 or 6 months to get the MOS he wanted in the beginning of his enlistment. The Marines offered him about whatever he wanted, and he chose to be a grunt.
I would say what a huge waste of talent when recruiters take young men and women that test well and put them in MOS's that dont use the gifts they have to offer and push them into serving an MOS that will do nothing to enhance their career with or after there service is up....