Amid the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Marine Corps Recruiting Command is taking steps to protect its recruiters, its applicants, their families and the communities where they live and serve by dramatically limiting face-to-face interactions with the public.
Effective immediately, MCRC will temporarily transition to prospecting entirely via digital and telephonic means, and Marine Recruiters will no longer meet with new applicants in person.
“The preservation of our recruiting force, applicants, poolees, and their families is the highest priority for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command during this national emergency.” Maj. Gen. James W. Bierman, commanding general of MCRC
“With that in mind, we will immediately transition to prospecting exclusively via digital and telephonic means, and no longer initiate in-person interviews,” Bierman said. We remain committed to recruiting the highly-qualified men and women our Nation needs for its Marine Corps.”
“Because recruiting is an activity of vital importance to our Nation and Corps, we will continue our efforts to ship young men and women to our Recruit Depots and Officer Candidate School as conditions permit,” Bierman said. “At the same time, it is recognized this imperative is not the only consideration. Our efforts will prioritize protecting our Marines and families.”
Local recruiting offices will continue to be staffed, but at reduced manpower levels commensurate with social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Leaders at every level have full discretion to carefully appraise the personal and geographic risk factors unique to each situation, and then smartly move to curtail or modify activities when necessary. Travel is limited to mission-essential requirements, and no more than two individuals will travel in a vehicle.
Additionally, any member of the recruiting staff who has family members in a high risk category as it pertains to COVID-19 will work remotely from their residence. Young men and women who share our fighting spirit and are interested in becoming U.S. Marines should visit http://www.marines.com or call 1-(800) MARINES to speak with a Marine Recruiter.