Supporting Your Son or Daughter
Transcript:>> HANK ROBERTS: One of the things that struck me when I went and talked to a recruiter as a young man was that he said that, "Wherever you go as long as you live, any time you see a Marine, you're with family." A Marine is family. You don't care where he came from, you don't care what color he is, you don't care what his first language was; he’s a Marine, he’s your brother. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: As a Marine, you've got an entire unit. You've got an entire Corps with the same set of selfless values, whose only job it is, is to look out for your son--your son's welfare. >> SGT. DARYL McNATT: They will take the time to show you everything that you need to know and help you get to where you need to be. It's just a great team. It's like an all-star team, an elite force. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: We're going to ask your son to do dangerous things. We're going to ask him to do difficult things. But we're there to help him. At the end of the day, we're there to make sure that he is successful. Nowhere else are you going to have that wide a variety of people that are all going to be able to work together, look out for each other, support each other and make each other successful. >> MADONNA SINGLETON: They really do watch out for each other. They watch each other's back. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: The relationship, I think particularly in the Marine Corps, among officers and the enlisted is one of mutual support and respect. >> SGT. DARYL McNATT: And you learn about each other. One guy may be a great leader, so you would take how he talks to people or how he does what he does with certain individuals. You take it and put it in your toolbox like, yeah, I learned something from him. And it just keeps building. It's nothing but like a pyramid, just builds and builds and builds. >> PATRICK HARRIS: Well, what I tell parents that--what they need to know about their sons joining the Marines is that they're going to be taking very good care of them. >> MADONNA SINGLETON: It's nice to have somebody looking out for him and know that they are looking out for each other. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: I can tell you that based off of my experience, that if their--if their son or daughter is qualified to be a Marine and has the desire to take on the challenge, that they're going to have a group of Marines who--whose only purpose really is to see their son or daughter succeed. 00:02:06:10
While away from home, your son or daughter will find a place within the Marine family. He or she will still need your love and support, but brotherhood amongst Marines will keep him or her as safe as possible.
The recruiter will likely be the first Marine who demonstrates this commitment. This is the Recruiter’s Role. Many Marine Poolees get to know their recruiter well and rely on them during the decision and sign-up process, and to help them prepare for Marine Corps Recruit Training.
During Recruit Training, the members of the platoon will rely on each other. They bond like family. The instructors are their teachers, preparing them well for the challenges ahead: MOS training and deployment.
During service, Marines to their left and right will be looking out for them. Senior Marines and officers are there to make sure they grow, learn and advance as warriors and people.
We make sure that although leaving family and home, maybe even for the first time, your Marine will be supported and become part of our Marine family.
The Marine Corps Family:
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