The Recruiter's Role
Transcript:>> MAJ. JASON SMITH: I think most people would be surprised to find out how extensive the recruiting process is. I think that there is a misconception that if someone walks into the office, that--and they want to be a Marine, that we just put them into a van and ship them off to Parris Island. When people start to find out what a recruiter does, they are, almost without exception, surprised. >> STEVE TALLENT: I was a little bit wary. I was kind of prepared for there to be a lot of happy talk about, "Oh, gosh, you can pretty much get in here and choose your job," you know, and "Oh, combat? Oh, no. That's--that's not--that's overblown. That'll never happen to you." That wasn't the case. Staff Sergeant Morris was pretty honest in terms of pointing out the good things and the--and the potential frightening things about being a U.S. Marine. >> HANK ROBERTS: The things that he talked to Henry about were not glory and things like that. He talked to him about character traits. He talked to him about leadership. He talked to him about development. He talked to him about important things. And that was what drew Henry to them. >> DR. BARRY ERDMAN: He gave me straightforward information. He pulled no punches. I mean, he told me the truth the way things are. >> RITA STIGALL: They made us feel very comfortable with the decision that he was about to make. They answered all our questions. We discussed what he would be doing, opportunities that were there for him, how he could excel if he, you know, applied himself. >> ALOMA HARRIS: The recruiters were very supportive and answered questions. And actually, they became, I felt, like part of our family. >> ROBERT DENLINGER: When the recruiters come here, they're very--they've been very intelligent, very articulate. And they speak to the students in a way that some of the other representatives haven't been able to. They're professionals. They seem to tell the students the truth. >> GARY SIMON: The recruiters were very personable, very nice and could easily talk to parents. And I thought that was--that was really great. And they put at ease my concerns about what Josh was going to go through. 00:02:14:15
Marines recruit the best and brightest of America's youth by assigning experienced Marines to Recruiting Stations, Recruiting Sub-Stations and Officer Selection Stations across the United States and territories. When on recruiting duty, it is the recruiters' job to answer questions, visit high schools, talk with families and help high schoolers understand and prepare for service.
Marine recruiters usually rank as Sergeant or above, which means they have had four or more years of experience in the Marine Corps. They know what it is to serve as a Marine. Meeting a Marine recruiter gives you personal access to someone who has lived the Marine lifestyle. They are an important resource for you, not just for your son, daughter or student.
The recruiter will take your son, daughter, or student through essential information about enlistment requirements, Military Occupational Specialties (the term for a Marine's job) and technical training, and what life is like as a Marine. Visiting the recruiter together is a chance for you to learn more about the opportunity for him or her in the Marines or Marine Reserves. You should be as honest as possible with the recruiter and your son, daughter, or student about your concerns and ask tough questions. The recruiter will guide you based on experience and knowledge.
No matter where you are in the decision-making process, talking to a recruiter can give you more information. It's not just a step to take when you're ready to sign paperwork—you may visit a recruiter at your local Recruiting Station, talk to your recruiter over the phone or arrange a visit in your home at any time.
Recruiting duty is as important a role in the Marine Corps as any other. Marine recruiters take it seriously and feel a great responsibility to fulfill the job to the best of their ability. Many Marines say that recruiting duty is among the most rewarding assignments they have had as a Marine, because they are helping to ensure the high standards and future of our Corps.
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