Marine Corps Recruit Assistance

While on leave, recruits may be selected for the “Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program” (PRASP) to help out USMC recruiting efforts in their hometowns.

Recruiter’s assistance is an opportunity for a new Marine, home on a post-boot camp 10-day leave, to work at their local recruiter’s office. It’s a great way to work towards a promotion.

A lot of Marines really enjoy this opportunity, as they are proud to have recently earned the title of “Marine” and are now back home as a new person.

PTAD: USMC

PTAD is “Permissive Temporary Assigned Duty”, which, in this case, means “recruiter’s assistance”. Not every Marine is even eligible for recruiter’s assistance; it depends largely on what MOS you are in. Specifically, infantry Marines and reservists are not eligible for recruiting assistance duty.

So what does USMC recruit assistance entail? Well, it’s usually long hours (often it’s from 7am-7pm Mon-Sat) where you will assist recruiters in your hometown. The job changes depending on the needs of the recruiters, but in general, it means accompanying recruiters to talk about the Corps to high school-aged teens around town. You may attend events, go to shopping malls or other locations where potential recruits may be found and you’ll relate to them as someone from their own town who chose to join the Marine Corps. You’ll answer their questions and help prepare poolees for boot camp. Who better to give useful advice than a Marine fresh from boot camp? Also, recruit assistants help with a random assortment of tasks like scheduling training events and calling interested people.

Marine Corps recruit assistance does not have a set amount of time, but it tends to be about two weeks long.

Marine Corps Recruit Attrition

The military and government agencies have done a number of specific studies and reports on Marine Corps Recruit attrition rates, including analysis of factors that increase or decrease the percentage of recruit attrition.

Recruit Attrition and the Training Unit Environment: 1981 report that compares attrition and performance of Marine Corps recruits who have and have not graduated high school. The conclusion was higher attrition occurred amongst recruits who did not graduate high school.

Trends in Attrition of High-Quality Military Recruits: A 1988 report that examines why attrition rates remained unchanged even after the military managed to recruit “higher quality” recruits.

Military Attrition: Better Screening of Enlisted Personnel Could Save Millions of Dollars: A 1997 report that lays out some statistics and arguments for better recruit screening processes

Emerging Issues In USMC Recruiting: Comparing Relative Attrition Risk Among Marine Corps Recruits: Published in 2006, this report examines Marine Corps boot camp attrition and documents recruit characteristics. It finds that the recruits with the lowest attrition rates are those that sign contracts as high school seniors, go to boot camp from June-September or October-January, are “high quality”, and meet weight-for-height retention standards.

Predictors of one-year attrition in female Marine Corps recruits: This 2009 study examines the demographic profiles and health-related predictors of female Marine recruit attrition.

Marine Corps Recruit Abuse

In 2007, a Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Sergeant Jerrod M. Glass, was charged with 244 counts of recruit abuse. Shortly after, Sergeant Brian M. Wende, Sergeant Robert C. Hankins and Sergeant Mark A. Delarosa were brought up on similar or related charges.

For Sgt. Delarosa, one of his former recruits said he had been spit on and had been kicked in the shin during drill practice. Captain Patrick J. Callahan, part of Delarosa’s defense counsel, tried to claim that Delarosa simply cared about how his recruits would perform in battle in Iraq and made statements about how the Marines are not like the Air Force or Army. “We push these recruits. We say mean things to recruits.”

This is a poor example of DI behavior. There are strict guidelines about what is allowed and not allowed in boot camp and the rules and guidelines set forth in the standard operating procedure (SOP) are there partially to protect recruits.

It is intentional for Drill Instructor to seem like “Gods” to the recruits. Drill instructors create an environment where recruits are made to feel that they are always being watched. Most of the time, this is not a bad thing as, at its root, the objective is to get recruits trained to obey the chain of command and really focus on their goals. But effective training also requires recruits to have trust in their Drill Instructors, and that means Drill Instructors must absolutely adhere to a set of boundaries.

There is often an old-school mentality that recruits come from undisciplined backgrounds and need the tough-love attitude to wake them up and show them what its like to be tough. How else are they going to be ready for battle right?

Wrong. Thousands of Marines are trained every year by dedicated Drill Instructors who successfully complete their training responsibilities without ignoring standard operating procedures. There are thousands of former recruits, current Marines, who are or have been in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan who performed remarkably without being trained by undisciplined, wayward Drill Instructors.

The USMC takes it seriously, so recruits, if your DI is breaking the law, you do have the USMC’s own rules on your side. The Senior Drill Instructor is personally responsible for the behavior of DI’s under their command and at any time in your training, you may report abuse. During the 3rd phase of training, the Company Commander will hold a hearing with each recruit to ask, point blank, if your DI ever made inappropriate contact with you. If you end up receiving any medical treatment, you’ll be asked how it happened and any infraction or suspicion is supposed to be investigated.

Are Drill Instructors allowed to swear and cuss at recruits?

No, drill instructors are not supposed to swear or cuss at recruits. They do yell…a lot. Drill instructors are known to come up with some much more interesting alternatives than swearing that, at least in retrospect, gives recruits much more memorable “words of wisdom”.

Can drill instructor’s hit you?

Absolutely not. No. Drill Instructors are fully capable of challenging you without abusing the recruit-drill instructor power dynamic. They can instill discipline through working you out until you cry, but if a DI hits or kicks a recruit, they may lose their rank or even be court marshaled.

Marine Corps College of Continuing Education

One hugely important thing for people going into the Marines to think about it continuing their education, whether they decide to make the military their career or use their years of service as a stepping stone to a civilian job. A major misconception of military life is that it is an alternative to higher education. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the Marine Corps offers a variety of educational programs designed to provide Marines with opportunities to gain a better education…even while on active duty.

CCE is now “The College of Distance Education and Training” (CDET)

What was formerly called the “Marine Corps College of Continuing Education” is now called “The College of Distance Education and Training”, aka CDET, in order to better reflect the school’s focus on distance education and training for Marines. The program maintains distance learning programs throughout the world. It’s a part of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM) that maintains distance learning programs for the benefit of increasing operational readiness. In other words, an educated Corps is better for operational readiness.

CDET provides educational opportunities for all Marines, government employees and USMC family members. CDET uses an online system called MarineNet that provides Marines with access to learning opportunities anywhere they can get internet access.

Available courses focus on leadership, warfighting, and staff development to name a few. Services are available to both enlisted Marines and officers.

More information can be found at the CDET website.

Marine Corps Recruit Parents

Marine Corps Recruit Training

Marine recruit training happens at Parris Island, SC or San Diego, CA. Both USMC recruit depots are used for the training of enlisted Marines. Training is broken down into three phases.

Three Phases of Recruit Training

The first phase involves basic instruction and physical and mental challenges. This phase is often one of the toughest mentally for recruits because they are not yet familiar with the Corps or their fellow recruits; it’s a brand new world for most of them.

The second phase is rifle training. There is a doctrine in the Marines that “Every Marine is a Rifleman.” Every Marine, whether enlisted or officer, is trained in infantry combat abilities no matter what their military occupational specialty (MOS) will be.

The third phase is field training.

Recruit training culminates in a 54-hour “Crucible” that requires recruits to utilize the skills they’ve developed throughout the three phases of training.

When writing letters to your loved one, don’t address them as a Marine. That is a title that they will earn, a prideful moment at the end of training. Don’t send them gifts or anything except letters, as they will not be able to receive them. The three months of recruit training are 100% dedicated to making sure they are graduate boot camp with skills that may save their lives or the lives of their fellow Marines.

Tips for Parents of Marine Recruits

  • Give your loved one letters of encouragement and remind them of how proud you are of them. There will be times when they’ll be doubting themselves and your letters can give them a major morale boost.
  • Don’t send any gifts or supplies. They will not not receive them. The Marine Corps will supply them with everything they’ll need. Recruits can only receive letters.
  • Do not address them as “Marine” in letters; that is a title earned at the end of boot camp.
  • Do not wait for phone calls, that is rarely allowed. Similarly, don’t expect letters all the time as recruit life is very scheduled and hectic; they will usually be allowed brief time in the evenings and on Sundays, but those time blocks often need to be used for studying and preparing their uniforms and so on.
  • Send them off with a family photo; they’ll be able to put it in their footlocker and will help remind them that you’re proud and supporting them.
  • Don’t write about negative or stressful things in your letters. They’ll be going through a lot of stress already and should be able to focus on their training.
  • Don’t be discouraged if their letters sound scared/frustrated at first. The earliest days of boot camp are typically when recruits are feeling the most unease and questioning if they made the right choice. Morale and pride develops at training progresses and they’ve made progress and start to view their fellow recruits as part of their team.

C130 Cadence

C130 going down the strip
251 gonna take a little trip
Stand up buckle up shuffle to the door
Jump right out and count to four

If my chute dont open wide
I have another one by my side
If my reserve dont blossom round
Ill be the first one on the ground

Lo, right- left
lefty , right lea eft
lo, right left
lefty-right left

Soldier Soldier have you heard,
I’m gonna jump out a big iron bird,
Up in the morning in the drizzlin’ rain,
gonna pack my shoot and board the plane,
C-130 rollin’ down the strip,
US Marines on a one way trip,
Mission top secret, destination unknown,
I don’t even know if i’m comin home.
Jump up, hook up, shuffle to the door,
jump on out and count to four (or, jump on out and shout “MARINE CORPS”)
If that shoot don’t open wide,
I’ll be splattered on the country side,
unless i got a reserve by my side,
if that shoot should fail me too,
look out ground, i’m comin’ through,
If i land in your drop zone,
Box me up and ship me home,
If i die on a chinese hill,
take my gear or the commies will,
if i land in korean mud,
bury me with a case of bud,
bury me with speakers all around my toes,
so i can rock to axl rose,
bury me with speakers all around my head,
so i can rock to the grateful dead,
pin my medals all upon my chest,
tell my momma i did my best,
then bury me in the Leanin’ Rest

Marine Corps Intelligence MOS

02 Intelligence

MOS 0200 – Basic Intelligence Marine

Gunnery Sergeant-Private

Marines interested in intelligence will specialize in the analysis, counterintelligence, and other intel-related jobs. Marines enter the intel field in MOS 0231 (Intelligence Specialist) or MOS 0261 (Geographic Intelligence Specialist). MOS 0211 (Counterintelligence/HUMINT Specialist) or 0241 (Imagery Interpreter) is accomplished by lateral move. All Marines entering the intelligence field will get training in 0200 Basic Intelligence.

Requirements for Marine Corps Intelligence: Must complete a single scope background investigation (SSBI).

MOS 0202 – Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Intelligence Officer

If you want to be an Intelligence Officer in the USMC, then your duties include advising and assisting the commander in carrying out intelligence operations. Intelligence officers are involved in creating policies, making plans, and other duties related to carrying out those intelligence operations. At times, Intelligence Officers fill billets as Battalion or Company Commanders in the Intel, Radio Recon Battalians. They may also server in the Special Ops Command. They are responsible for the discipline and welfare of Marines under their leadership and such responsibilities include evaluating intelligence, , assessing the operational situation, and ensuring the unit’s communication capabilities.

Requirements to be a Marine Intelligence Officer: Must be a US Citizen, pass security clearance, must have a DLAB test score on file, complete the MAGTF Intelligence Officer Course from the Navy and Marine Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) in Dam Neck, VA.

MOS 0203: Ground Intelligence Officer

(Captain to 2nd Lieutenant)

Ground intelligence officers start out as scout sniper platoon commanders. A Marine Ground Intelligence Officer analyze intelligence and the planning, deployment and tactical operations of ground surveillance and recon units. They are also responsible for their unit’s communications capabilities, operational logistics and maintenance.

Requirements to be a USMC Ground Intelligence Officer: You must be a US citizen. Must pass security clearance. Your application SSBi (Single Scope Background Investigation) must be submitted prior to attending the Ground Intelligence Officer’s Course at NMITC in Dam Neck, VA. Must be a male lieutenant to be assigned this as a primary MOS. Must have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) test on file. Must complete the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) and the Scout Sniper Platoon Commander’s Course (SSPCC) at Quantico, VA, as well as the Ground Intelligence Officer’s Course (GIOC) at the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, VA. Marines wanting to be a part of MOS 0203 will also need to complete the Basic Intelligence Officer Course (BIOC).

MOS 0204: Counterintelligence (CI) / Human Source Intelligence (HUMINT) Officer

(Captain to 2nd Lieutenant)

Marines in the Human Intelligence MOS engage in some human intelligence collection for the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). Human Intelligence means intel dervied from human sources, often through interrogation and clandestine sources. Counterintelligence activities are meant to prevent non-friendly sources from obtaining info on US operations. MOS 0204 is involved in many legal and liasion issues as well. To be an effective Counterintelligence of Human Intel Officer, you must possess excellent “people skills”. MOS 0204 requires the ability to build and maintain contacts.

Requirements to be a USMC Counterintelligence / Human Intelligence Officer: Must be a US citizen, pass security clearance, must have a DLAB test on file. Must complete the MAGTF/CI HUMINT Basic Course at Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, must submit to a polygraph test and must complete the Basic Intelligence Officer Course (BIOC).

MOS 0205: Senior All-Source Intelligence Analysis Officer

Senior all-source intel analysis officers plan parts of the intelligence cycle. They oversee analysis over terrain, weather, threats, cultural issues, infrastructure, economic, geopolitical and targeting.

Requirements to be A USMC Senior All-Source Intelligence Analysis Officer: Must pass a special background investigation, have previously served in MOS’s 0231, 0241, 0261 or 2629. You must also complete the Marine Corps Intelligence Analysis Career Course
(MIACC) at NMITC in Dam Neck, Virginia.

MOS 0206: Signals Intelligence / Ground Electronic Warfare Officer

Signals Intelligence (SigInt) Officers / Ground Electronic Warfare Officers use field skills and technical knowledge in a physically and mentally challenging job. It is an officer position that provides a chance to lead some of the Marine Corps most brilliant-minded Marines. It involves a lot of technical know-how and you will be taught communications theory and LAN/WAN basics that are not taught at Officers’ School. It is a job that requires the ability to live in the field, while also being able to effectively communicate with top-level military personnel.

Requirements to be a USMC Signals Intelligence Officer or Ground Electronic Warfare Officer: Must be a US citizen, pass security clearances, must have a DLAB test on file, must complete the Signals Intelligence Officer Basic Course (SIOC) at the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) in Dam Neck, VA. Marines must also complete the Basic Intelligence Officers Course (BIOC).

MOS 0207: Air Intelligence Officer

Air intelligence officers perform intelligence billets within the air wing. Billets include targeting officer, collections officer, dissemination officer, S-2 officer of a fixed-wing or rotary wing squadron, and intelligence officer at an intelligence battalion.

Requirements to be a USMC air intelligence officer: Must be a US citizen, must pass top-secret security clearance, must have a DLAB test score on file, must be a lieutenant to be assigned as a primary MOS, must complete the Air Intelligence Officer Course (AIOC) and the Basic Intelligence Officers Course (BIOC).

0210 Counterintelligence/HUMINT Specialist

Counterintelligence officer officers require extensive technical knowledge to plan, direct, lead and execute CI and HUMINTintel operations. they support the commander’s operations and provide counterintelligence support to HUMINT operations. Counterintel specialists advise commanders on enemy counterintelligence activities.

Requirements to be a USMC Counterintelligence Specialist: Must pass top-secret security clearance, must hold PMOS 0211 with two years of experience in mos 0211, must be a US citizen and must be willing to submit to a polygraph test.

0212 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Specialist – MSGT-SGT

0231 Intelligence Specialist – MSGT-PVT

0241 Imagery Analysis Specialist – MSGT-SGT

0251 Interrogator/Debriefer – MSGT-CPL (No longer assigned)

0261 Geographic Intelligence Specialist – MSGT-PVT

0282 Tactical Debriefer (TD) (FMOS)

0283 Advanced Foreign Counterintelligence Specialist (AFCS)

0287 Military Source Operations Specialist (MSOS) (FMOS)

0289 Strategic Debriefing Specialist (SDS) (FMOS)

0291 Intelligence Chief (PMOS)

0293 Advanced Military Source Operations Specialist (AMSOS)

0291 Intelligence Chief – MGYSGT

RS Salt Lake City UT Marine Corps Recruit Station

RS Salt Lake City is a recruit station under the jurisdiction of the 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District. RS Salt Lake City covers large areas in the US Northwest region, mainly in Utah, Idaho and Montana. RS Salt Lake City is under the command of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) and has headquarters in Salt Lake City.

If you are interested in joining the Marines and you live in the Salt Lake City area, contact a recruiter at the address nearest you from the locations listed here.

RS Salt Lake City’s MEPS Address

2832 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone Number: (801) 975-7986

Boise MEPS Address (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force)

550 W Fort St
Boise, ID 83724
Phone Number: (208) 334-1825

Butte Montana MEPS Address

22 W. Park St.
Butte, Mt 59701
(406) 782-3765

RS Salt Lake City Headquarters

1279 W 2200 S #A
West Valley, UT 84119
(801) 954-0411

Recruit Substations of RS Salt Lake City

RSS Billings

1603 Grand Avenue
Billings, MT 59102-3000
(406) 248-1170

RSS Boise

8269 W Franklin Rd
Boise, ID 83709
(208) 376-0077

RSS Bozeman

2825 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59718-3927
(406) 587-3081

RSS East Salt Lake City

2728 South State Street
South Salt Lake, UT 84115-3617
(801) 485-6341

RSS Great Falls

1201 10th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405-4415
(406) 452-4126

RSS Helena

222 East Lyndale Avenue
Helena, MT 59601-2908
(406) 442-3871 ‎

RSS Helena (2nd Location)

515 North Sanders Street
Helena, MT 59601-4528
(406) 442-3871 ‎

RSS Idaho Falls

1920 E 17th St # 106
Idaho Falls, ID 83404-8027
(208) 523-6514

RSS Missoula

2700 Paxson Street
Missoula, MT 59801-7200
(406) 549-7516

RSS Ogden

5617 South 1900 West
Roy, UT 84067-2301
(801) 774-0281

RSS Provo

2250 N University Pkwy # 38
Provo, UT 84604-1500
(801) 374-1314

RSS Twin Falls

1061 Blue Lakes Blvd N # 207
Twin Falls, ID 83301-3362
(208) 734-3102

RSS West Valley City

2787 West 3500 South
West Valley City, UT 84119
(801) 967-9815

Salt Lake City Officer Selection Office (OSO)

111 East Broadway, Suite 1250
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 483-1146

Marine Corps Recruiting Offices

The USMC has the responsibility of recruiting qualified applicants from across the nation as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It’s a huge job. Whether you live in the bustling cities of New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago to a small rural town in Wyoming, there is a recruiting office near you where a Marine recruiter is available to answer your questions and assist you in the enlistment process of joining the Marines.

The US Eastern and Western USMC Recruiting Regions

The Marine Corps divides its recruiting efforts into dividing coverage areas into various districts, which are comprised of recruit substations. There are two recruiting regions, the eastern and western recruiting regions which are each divided into three recruiting districts.

Find Your Local Marine Recruiting Office

There are six Marine Corps recruiting districts, find out which one you are living in and browse the recruit substations for the one nearest you.

1st Marine Corps Recruiting District

Includes Albany, Buffalo, Harrisburg, New Jersey, New York, Pittsburgh, Portsmouth and Springfield areas.

4th Marine Corps Recruiting District

Includes Baltimore, Charleston, Cleveland, Detroit, Frederick, Louisville, Raleigh, and Richmond recruiting offices.

6th Marine Corps Recruiting District

Includes Atalanta, Baton Rouge, Columbia, Ft Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Montgomery, Nashville and Orlando USMC recruiting offices.

8th Marine Corps Recruiting District

Includes Albuquerque, Dallas, Denver, Forth Worth, Houston, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and San Antonio Marine Corps recruiting areas.

9th Marine Corps Recruiting District

Includes Kansas City, Chicago, Des Moines, Indianapolis, St Louis, Lansing, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St Paul recruiting offices.

12th Marine Corps Recruiting District

Includes Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County Marine Corps recruiting offices.

Marine Corps Recruiters

A Marine Corps recruiter’s job is to find qualified applicants to fill the ranks of the USMC and assist potential recruits with everything they need to know and prepare for before boot camp. They make sure interested applicants are eligible for Marine Corps duty, they help them with all of their paperwork, they answer questions about training and military life for the recruit and their family. A recruiter will help potential recruits get ready for the rigors of boot camp.

Marine recruiters work long hours, often Monday through Saturday. It’s a demanding job with an irregular schedule, with work days often beginning as early as 5am and ending late into the evening. It requires a lot of driving including visits to various high schools, malls and other areas where potential applicants may be found. It requires home visits to poolees homes. It often requires trips to MEPS to drop off and pick up poolees. There are many hours spent on the phone calling people who have expressed interest in joining the Marines.

A typical recruiting goal is to attract at least three applicants a month, which is quite a demanding task.

It’s good for anyone interested in joining the Marines to understand the goals and responsibilities of a their recruiter. Unfortunately, there have been cases of recruiters lying or misguiding applicants because of the pressure they are under to produce results and get qualified applicants to enlist in the Corps. Make sure you know your rights. Make sure you do not lie or cheat to get into the military. If it is discovered that you lied during your application process, you could be discharged from the Marine Corps.

A recruiter is there to assist you, not pressure you or bully you into joining. They’re there to make sure your questions are answered accurately and that you are sure of what you’re getting into. Understand that they will definitely tell you about the best parts of Marine Corps life, but they will also probably focus less on what is harder…so make sure that you really think about your decision and how it fits into your life. Don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter what the drawbacks of military life may be…strain on the family, danger, moving around a lot, etc etc.

USMC Recruit Info for Boot Camp