Sgt. Hodges, a Marine Corps recruiter in Boston, discusses with potential applicants the career opportunities available in the Marine Corps. Applicants are encouraged to share their goals, and recruiters can help them identify a career in the Marine Corps that best matches both the applicant’s goals and the needs of the Service.
After a person enlists, he or she will either leave for Recruit Training or enter the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). Through DEP, a recruit commits to Recruit Training at a time in the future, generally within one year. This is especially popular with recruits who enlist before completing high school. During this time, the recruit has regular and frequent contact with the recruiter, who starts preparing them for Recruit Training by holding physical training sessions and teaching them the General Orders and Marine Corps customs and courtesies.
Talking to a recruiter does not obligate you to join. Anyone considering military service is welcome to speak with recruiters from multiple branches, and parents are also invited to talk with a recruiter and ask questions. It is a recruiter’s job to answer all the questions a potential recruit — and his or her parents — may have.