—Sergeant Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, answers enlistee Brandon Roberts' questions about the Marine Corps at his recruiting office June 10, 2015.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Reece Lodder).
Every Marine, in every Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), plays a crucial role in the overall mission of the United States Marine Corps.
Marine Corps Recruiters, MOS 8411, must be thoroughly familiar with the enlistment process from applicant prospecting to preparation for recruit training.
Their duties include, but aren't limited to: screening applicants to determine eligibility relative to physical defects, moral character, criminal involvement, age, drug abuse, education, etc., scheduling working applicants to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), arranging for physical examinations of mentally qualified applicants, and preparing all required enlistment documents.
Above information found in the Military Occupational Specialties Manual. Click here for PDF.
As the parents and/or family of a Marine Corps applicant or recruit, you likely have many questions. You may or may not find your son or daughter's recruiter to be helpful in answering your questions. Bear in mind, your son or daughter's recruiter has a mission to accomplish and the recruiter's duties are to the Marine Corps and the applicants. Don't fret; there are plenty of other avenues through which you can find the answers you're looking for.
The following four websites are great resources for information on the Marine Corps:
Official site for the United States Marine Corps.
Marine Corps culture, eligibility, history, roles in the corps, benefits of service and more.
Includes information about recruit training (boot camp), schedules, terminology, expectations, and, perhaps most importantly, provides venues to talk with other parents—novices just like you, as well as "expert" parents who've been down this road and experienced the same uncertainties and pride.
Provides education and support for Marines and their family members, as well as "a Place to Connect & Share®."
Do you have a loved one who recently made a commitment to serve our nation in the Marine Corps? Watch this video. They're called applicants but this Marine Corps video boasts, "We don't accept applications. Only commitments."