Now that you have researched, done your homework, and have chosen the Marine Corps as your branch of service, It’s now time to talk with recruiters! Though it can be nerve-racking, just remember that you are under NO OBLIGATION when talking with a recruiter. He/she cannot force you to do anything: the decision is ultimately yours to make. With that being said, you do need to prepare yourself with questions you will ask.
Talking to an Recruiter is a good opportunity to ask specific questions that relate to your situation. Only by working with a Recruiter can you tailor an marine experience to meet your goals, wants and needs. Want to take advantage of money for your education? Need certain job skills? Your Recruiter can give you the specifics on all the Marine Corps benefits to help you make the most out of your military career. Military recruiters are ready with the know-how to answer questions you have about the U.S. Marines.
When you sit down with a Recruiter, he or she will make it easy to find out if the Marines are right for you. Whether it’s Active Duty or Army Reserve, or a certain length of service you’re interested in”together with your Recruiter, you’ll find the best way to serve, and choose the job that complements your abilities and future goals.
Recruiters are some of the most experienced Soldiers in the Marines”that’s what makes them qualified to tell you about what the Marines has to offer. Some have served overseas, some have seen combat”so you should feel free to ask them about how the Marines have helped them meet their goals. Better yet, ask them how the Marines can help you reach yours.
Some questions you will want to ask your recruiter include:
1. Which option is best for me: Marines Active Duty, Marine Reserve or ROTC?
2. How long will I serve?
3. What are my options?
4. What kind of job training can I qualify for?
5. Where will I be stationed?
6. Can I bring my family?
7. How can the Marines help me get a college education?
You may bring a parent or relative with you when you visit a recruiter. One thing you should keep in mind is that the recruiter is going to ask you many personal questions during that first interview. If you don’t want your parents, a relative, or friend to hear the truthful answer to these questions you should go alone.