MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Canvassing recruiters and officer selection officers wrapped up another successful year for Marine Corps Recruiting Command, meeting all assigned accession missions while exceeding DoD standards for quality of individual in fiscal year 2013.
“The success of the Marine Corps in today’s extremely complex and dangerous world is directly related to the quality of individuals that we recruit,” said Col. Robert G. Golden III, chief of staff, MCRC. “Marines today are the smartest, most physically fit and virtuous men and women we’ve ever recruited.”
During FY13, MCRC was tasked with enlisting 32,200 active and 5,714 reserve-duty Marines, accessing 1,400 officers and returning 3,858 prior-service Marines to service.
Through the hard work and dedication of recruiters, prior-service recruiters and OSOs, all assigned missions were met or exceeded. A total of 37,931 – 32,217 active, 5,714 reserve duty non-prior-service enlistees shipped to recruit training during the fiscal year, exceeding the assigned mission by 17 recruits. Prior-service recruiters met their mission, returning 3,858 to service. Officer selection officers also exceeded their assigned mission, accessing 1,403 officers.
The FY13 pool of new officers was the most diverse the Corps has ever accessed; 78 African-Americans, 141 Hispanic-Americans and 121 Americans of other minority backgrounds. In total, 24.3 percent of officer accessions were of minority background, a huge step forward in attaining the commandant’s vision of a ‘diverse and representative Marine Corps.’
“This is the most diverse group of officers we’ve brought in,” said Lt. Col. Chester McMillon, head of officer programs, MCRC. “It’s part of an upward trend. We’ve nearly doubled the diversity of officer accessions over the past five years.”
The benefits of a diverse force go well beyond reflecting the country Marines defend.
“The Marine Corps will benefit from a diverse force for the simple fact that any organization is more successful when they have the best folks from all segments of society,” said Golden.
Judging by high standards young men and women must meet just to have a shot at attending Officer Candidates’ School, officers joining the Corps today truly are the best the United States has to offer.
“Officer candidates are in great physical shape. The average [physical fitness test] score for men and women going to OCS is 290,” said McMillon. “Academically they are outstanding. On average they carry a 3.5 grade point average and 1200 SAT. They are also proven leaders in their schools, communities or churches.”
As MCRC moves into FY14, recruiters and OSOs will be challenged to accomplish their mission in the face of resource constraints and the drawdown in forces.
According to Golden, however, these challenges shouldn’t hinder MCRC’s ability to continue accomplishing its mission.
“Marines do so well recruiting, despite the fact that it is the toughest duty other than combat, because they love the Corps,” said Golden. “Bottom line – if you love the product you are selling you will sell a lot of it.”