Monday, July 31, 2023

Marines to meet recruiting goal

Parris Island, S.C. (July 31, 2023) - Marine leaders say they will make their recruiting goal this year, while the active-duty Army, Navy and Air Force all expect to fall short. The services have struggled in the tight job market to compete with higher-paying businesses for the dwindling number of young people who can meet the military's physical, mental and moral standards.
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Brig. Gen. Walker Field, who heads the Eastern recruiting region, says the Corps has historically put an emphasis on selecting top-performing Marines to fill recruiting jobs. He says that has been a key to the Marines' recruiting success, along with efforts to increase the number of recruiters, extend those who do well and speed their return to high schools, where in-person recruiting stopped during the covid-19 pandemic.

He said his recruiters -- who cover the territory between Canada and Puerto Rico and as far west as Mississippi -- will meet their mission and expect to have 30% of their 2024 goal when they start the next fiscal year Oct. 1. More broadly, Marine officials say they expect the Corps to achieve its recruiting target of more than 33,000.

Last year, the Navy, Air Force and Marines had to eat into their pools of delayed-entry applicants in order to make their goals. The Marines will avoid that this year.