CMC Awards MCRC Recruiters of the Year
By LCpl Francisco Martinez
| Marine Corps Recruiting Command | February 04, 2014
Quantico, Va. --
QUANTICO, Va. - Exceptional work ethic, dedication to service and commitment to excellence are just a few things in which Marines take pride. Marines who put all the energy, knowledge and skills they possess into their work are recognized as the best of the best and a step above their peers.
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, recognized the 2013 non-prior service and prior service recruiters of the year at the Clubs at Quantico, here, Feb. 4.
The winner for non-prior service recruiter of the year is Staff Sgt. Iasia J. Brown, Recruiting Station (RS) Los Angeles, 12th Marine Corps District.
“Winning recruiter of the year was very surreal,” said Brown. “It meant all the hard work I put in for this paid off; couldn’t ask for anything better.”
The winner for prior service recruiter of the year is Gunnery Sgt. Victor Perez, from 8th Marine Corps District.
“It felt great to win prior service recruiter of the year,” said Perez. “I’m still speechless about it and still just trying to take it all in.”
To receive this honor, the winners were selected out of 3,760 Marine Recruiters nationwide.
“Winning is no easy task,” said Master Sgt. Jesus T. Avila, administrative chief, Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC). “During the selection process, the recruiter is evaluated based on his or her contributions to recruiting, the number of shipments made, and the quality of individuals enlisted. All their statistics as a recruiter are looked at before the final decision is made.”
Prior service and non-prior service recruiters are evaluated at every level of the command structure and are narrowed down to one individual from each coast for both categories. The MCRC headquarters then reviews the finalists and makes its selection.
“To win this award as a recruiter lets you know your hard work isn’t in vain, you get to see it,” said
Brown. “The award is something tangible that I can take back to other recruiters and say, ‘See, I believed in it, I did it and you can do it too.’”
Being a Marine has its challenges. Being a Marine recruiter adds to those challenges.
“The most difficult task I found being a recruiter was time,” Brown said. “Having a presence in my kid’s life while also trying to make an impact in the recruiting world was pretty hard.”
Recruiting can be a challenging task not only for the marine, but for the families as well.
“For me the most difficult challenge was him being out of town for a day, two days, a couple days,” said Elisse M. Perez, Gunnery Sgt. Perez’s wife. “That was it, just him being gone.”
In recognition of their outstanding work ethic and contributions to the Corps, Brown and Perez were rewarded with a meritorious promotion from the Commandant.
“It made me feel like it was all worth it,” said Brown. “Getting promoted was the pinnacle; it was everything I was working for.”
Brown was promoted meritoriously from sergeant to staff sergeant.
“Being promoted meritoriously was the best feeling ever, especially having my wife and my daughter here to see it all,” said Perez. “Getting promoted by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is a dream come true.”
Perez was promoted meritoriously from staff sergeant to gunnery sergeant.
“Because of them the future of the Marine Corps is particularly bright,” Gen. Amos said. “They have traveled the back roads of the United States of America in search of those few young men and women who have the skills and desire to make a change in their lives, to make a difference, to choose a different path in life.”