New program gives priority to recruiters
By Sgt. Katesha Niman
| Marine Corps Recruiting Command | March 13, 2001
MARINE CORPS RECRUITING COMMAND, QUANTICO, Va. --
Marine recruiters recently received an exclusive incentive from Marine Corps Community Services.
The Recreation Lodging Priority Program was introduced to the Marine Corps to help increase MCCS support to personnel on independent duty and offer them the opportunity to use recreational lodging facilities for rest and relaxation on a reservation priority basis.
The program provides priority reservations for recreational lodging at participating commands to all personnel on independent duty. The locations of the participating commands vary from East to West coast including Camp Lejuene, N.C., MCAS Miramar, Calif., Camp Pendleton, Calif., Twentynine Palms, Calif., and MCAS Yuma, Ariz.
Accommodations at each of the different locations vary from lodges, cabanas and trailers to cottages and individual cabins.
According to Michael Downs, Director, Personal & Family Readiness, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, this new program is designed to support recruiters and I&I staff by helping to ease their stress.
?We want them to know the Marine Corps understands what they are going through and that MCCS is doing it?s best to get them access to the major installations,? he said.
He added, ?These are great accommodations, great vacation spots and an outstanding place to take your families for a great experience.?
The idea for the program was introduced at the MCCS Board of Directors meeting, during a discussion on the level of support MCCS was providing Marines on independent duty.
Carol Garland, MCCS Program Manager, Food and Hospitality, and Rosemarie Campbell, MCCS Catering Specialist for Food and Hospitality, both spearheaded the program and took all necessary actions to get the program approved.
?We had to ask ourselves, ?What can we do to better support those Marines on independent duty?? This program is one of the many ways we are trying to answer this question,? Garland explained.
Supporting recruiters is the number one priority for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command and to MajGen. Garry Parks, Commanding General, MCRC.
?Recruiting duty is unrelentingly demanding, so taking care of Marines is fundamental to morale and key to the long-term recruiting success,? said Parks.
The program went into effect February 1, 2001 and is expected to be a useful tool to improve the quality of life for recruiters.
?We want people to be aware of the program so they can plan and use the program to it?s maximum potential,? said Downs.
The program will be evaluated after the first year and changes will be made depending on the feedback from participants.
For more information on the program, contact the Quality of Life Representative at your district or the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Human Resources office at 703-784-9462.