The Recruiting Process Part One
Hey guys! Welcome back again, hope you are kicking butt this week! Tell me down below in the comments about something good that has happened to you and if you’ve come across some misfortune, let me know as well so we can all be there for support. This week I am going to cover a little about the recruitment process for Marines in two parts! The first part will be more informative and the second part will be more about my recruitment process.
So, you’ve considered being a part of the armed forces! That’s a heck of a decision; it’s a selfless one that requires a large amount of commitment. As of 2016, roughly 0.5% of the U.S. population makes up our military. Although the military has an estimate of 1.29 million active duty service members, only about 183,000 serve in the Marine Corps. I’ll just be covering the enlisted side of the Marine Corps; however, in the future, I will go in depth about the commissioning process of Marines.
First things first, you will need to be 17-28 years old to enlist, if you are 17 years old your parents will need to sign a form that allows you to enlist as a minor. You must be a legal resident, have a high school diploma, and you must go through a physical exam to ensure health. If you’re in high school, at some point or another, you must’ve had a recruiter come to your school to give you some necessary information about becoming a Marine. If you’re outside of high school and you don’t remember what the first step to do, the best thing to as both would be to go to the Marines official website and look for a recruiting station near you. Once you have located a station, you can either give them a call or stop by in person and let the recruiters know of your interest of becoming a Marine. They will ask you about what your goals and desires are for enlistment. This will be a part of your first interview, and if they find you as a perfect candidate, they will move on with the process.
The enlistment process can be somewhat tedious; you will need to take an ASVAB (Armed Services Aptitude Battery Test) either at your school or at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) and score a minimum of a 32 to be considered. Keep in mind the ASVAB is based on high school level education, the better you score on the test, the more jobs you will have available that you can choose from. I’ll include at the bottom of the article a link that will give you some more info as to what to expect on the test, what is being tested, how long you have per section, as well as practice questions to give you an idea of how the test will be.
After you have received your score for the ASVAB, you will need to either do an IST (Initial Strength Test) or go to MEPS to do a physical screening exam. This may depend on your recruiter, it’s also been a while since I went through the enlistment process and things may have changed. The IST will consist of a 1.5-mile run, crunches, and pull-ups, however, be ready to complete a PFT (Physical Fitness Test) 3-mile run, crunches, and pull-ups while at recruit training. Later on, I will post an article for tips for success at recruit training, including swimming, marksmanship, PFT, CFT (Combat Fitness Test), and overall success at recruit training.
At MEPS you will be screened for height and weight measurements, hearing and vision examination, urine and blood tests, drug and alcohol tests, muscle group and joint maneuvers, physical examination, and interview. I include a link at the bottom that will give you a better insight into what you may expect there. Keep in mind, MEPS is not trying to disqualify you, although recruiters will tell you this. They are trying to make sure that once you are in the service, you remain in the service. There are reasons why things may or may not be disqualifying, and if it is disqualifying, you may be able to apply for a waiver. It’s better to be safe than sorry, if you lie and you are eventually found guilty of this act, you will be charged by the UCMJ ( Uniform Code of Military Justice) for fraudulent enlistment.
Once you have been cleared by MEPS, completed your IST, graduated high school, completed your ASVAB, shown that you are of age or have a form from your parents to enlist, proved legal residency, you will sign an agreement with your recruiter for the job you like. The form is an agreement that you will sign a contract to go into a MOS such as 01xx, 02xx, 03xx, etc. The reason you sign a form like this is that you are not guaranteed to get the exact job you want; however, you will be in that general field it is based on the needs of the Marine Corps and how you scored on the ASVAB. Specific jobs can be guaranteed that you have a shot at going to the school to attempt to earn that MOS such as Reconnaissance Marine or Marine Raiders. You will sign a contract for active duty or reserve duty for a total of 8 years of obligated service at MEPS. Your contracts can last 4, 5, or 6 years on active or reserve duty and then the remaining time of those eight years will be served in the IRR( Individual Ready Reserve) where you may be recalled to service in case of the needs of the Marine Corps. You will eventually do an Oath of Enlistment once you sign your contract and then you will perform the oath once more prior to leaving for recruit training.
***PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY PROMISES MADE BY THE RECRUITER SUCH AS BONUSES, RANK ADVANCEMENT, OR GUARANTEED MOS IS ON THAT CONTRACT. DO NOT SIGN UNLESS YOU ARE AGREEING TO EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS IT IS STATED***
After your contract is complete, you should already know when your ship out date to recruit training will be. Take this time to continue to prepare your body for the enduring challenge for the next 13 weeks, continue exercising, and take some rest if needed. Congratulations on your signing your contract to serve this amazing nation as a United States Marine. The next chapter in your life comes at recruit training when you step on the yellow footprints.
Whether you are a civilian, military, active duty, reserve, national guard, or a veteran I am always willing to talk to you and listen. Life is tough, but suicide is never the answer. Reach out for help; it doesn’t make you weak. I will leave my email, and social media handles down below, please reach out. Again, thank you all for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing from you all! Until next week everyone, keep on pushing forward.
Written by José Calil
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