The steps to become a Marine definitely aren’t easy. There are quite of things that a possible applicant has to go through to make it to bootcamp. Once an applicant arrives to bootcamp, he or she still faces challenges of being a Marine. It’s all apart of the process in the making of a Marine.
It all starts with the recruiter. A recruiter is a Marine who has been through Recruiter’s School to become a Marine recruiter. As of July 2006, the Western Region (all states West of Texas) had 1,061 Recruiters. During the month of July, the Western Recruiting Region’s mission was to contract 2,398 applicants, which averaged out to 2.26 contracts (number of applicants that has to enlist) per recruiter. 2.26 per recruiter may not seem like a lot, but it requires the Marine recruiter spends countless hours trying to get a person to become a possible applicant by utilizing many techniques. Out of 164 phone calls made by a recruiter, he or she will average about 1 applicant out of those 164 calls (164:1). Office traffic is when a person walks in to ask questions about the Marine Corps. Office traffic is 3:1. Area canvas is when the recruiter goes out to malls, fast food restaurants, high schools, etc… to try and make contact with individuals to talk about the Marine Corps. Area Canvas is 11:1. Home visit is when the recruiter can’t get a hold on an individual, so he or she goes by the individual’s house to make contact. Home Visit is 12:1. These are just a few methods that recruiters try to get people to join the Marine Corps. With these methods, the recruiter success rate is only at about 35% for the month of July, 2006. Since the fiscal year (October 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006), the Marine recruiters from the western recruiter region, which comprises of three regions, 8th , 9th, and 12th District, contacted nearly 76,500 individuals, and only contracted 14917, with just under a 20% success rate. Recently the Marine Corps Recruiting Region took their recruiting to My Space, the infamous website that has practically everyone’s attention, in hopes to reach a whole new base of individuals. mccoy marine 50
With all the stress that goes on in the life of a recruiter, the stress on family can build up. With the long hours, a lot of time is spent away from family. As a recruiter, you miss a lot of precious moments with your children, such a baseball games, ballet, school plays, and even birthdays. For the recruiter it is very depressing, but for the children, it can be devastating! They start to think the parent that’s on recruiting duty doesn’t want to be around them or that they don’t love them anymore. Very depressing!
At this point, the recruiter’s marriage is on thin ice. Usually the wife of a recruiter is tired of the time that is spent away from the family. She is the one who has to listen to the children cries over their father; it can take a toll on a mother who is now left to raise the children alone. When the recruiter finally comes home during the late evening, he is very tired, the children are sleep, and the wife wants to argue. All that does is add stress to the marriage. With all of the married recruiters in the western region, more than half of them ended in divorce. “In 2004, 2,235 Marines recruiters divorced, according to the Defense Manpower Data Center. This brought the divorce rate in the Marine Corps up to about 65 percent, 20 percent more than the average rate in the U.S., according to the DMDC” (LCpl R. Drew, 2005).
Getting an applicant in the office can be a headache for a recruiter. You have kids who degrade and totally disrespect recruiters. Not to mention, the parents of the kids are not always an easy sale. They slam doors in the recruiters face, call them murderers, baby killers, and express their hatred towards them. Plus the fact that there’s a war going on only hiders the situation. Recruiters are also faced with racism depending on where they are stationed and the color of their skin. Being faced with these things, just to name a few can take a toll on anybody. I can only imagine trying to sell the Marine Corps under these conditions. Not to mention, they have to go home and deal with a struggling marriage.