When you are candid up front, more people will choose not to join than those who do. But the bonus is that it leaves you with staff that will be with you for the long haul. I tell each potential applicant that I expect them to be working with this agency 5, 10, 15 years down the road. That serves to really get the individual's attention that we are really not interested in wasting our time and effort to accommodate "joiners" and "prima-donnas". I have done this for thirty years with communications, search and rescue, law enforcement, firefighter, and other public safety volunteers with superb results.
---Stan Harter, KH6GBX