Marines Recruiting School

USMC recruiting is one of the most important jobs in the Marine Corps, as it is through the recruitment process that the Corps fills its ranks with qualified Marines. Recruiters not only help prepare potential recruits for boot camp, but help make sure that each poolee is signing up for the MOS that best matches their skills and personality. Here is some information aimed at giving a basic overview of a recruiter’s job, both to give potential recruits an idea of a recruiter’s goals & responsibilities, as well as provide information about the MOS if you think you may be interested in becoming a Marine recruiter yourself.

Marine Corps Recruiter Schedule

Q. How many weeks is the Basic Recruiter Course?

A. The Basic Recruiter Course is 8 weeks long including 36 Training Days. It consists of:

  • Group Advisor Initial Screening
  • Public Speaking Forum
  • Quality Enlistment Procedures (QEP)
  • Marine Corps Product Knowledge (MCPK)
  • Recruiting Sub-Station Operations
  • Marine Corps Communication & Consulting (MC3)
  • much more

Training Week 1

The first week of Marine Recruiting School’s Basic Recruiter School requires check-in, height & weight measurements, tattoo screening, urinalysis, initial PFT, S & R classes, District Requests and an intro to public speaking.

Training Week 2

The second week includes staff introductions, classes on Mess Hall, Relocation Briefing, Navy Marine Corps relief, Chaplain, Billeting, PMO, EFMP, TMO, PTSD and injury prevention. It focuses mainly on public speaking and quality enlistment procedures.

Training Week 3

The third week of recruiting school starts with the 1st term exam and a lot of Marine Corps Product Knowledge. During the middle of the week is a combat fitness test (groups 1 & 2) and the week ends with district assignments, staff team building, the beginning of recruiting sub-station operations.

Training Week 4

The fourth week of recruiting school completes the sub-stations operations phase which includes the 2nd term exam, TMO/PCS brief, initial clothing and special orders. The week ends with an intro to sales, listening, rapport, screening, the 3rd term exam, and the a combat fitness test for groups 3 & 4.

Training Week 5

The fifth week of Marine Corps Basic Recruiter School is all for Marine Corps Communication & Consulting.

Training Week 6

The sixth week of recruiter training includes the MC3 recognition and written exams, selling beyond the close (SBC), MC3 performance event, 2nd clothing (fitting), TC performance event, rapport and screening performance event and an AC performance event.

Training Week 7

The seventh week of usmc recruiter school includes the benefit tag performance event, a public speaking forum, performance PRAC APP, final clothing alterations, final weigh in, the final exam, TPC AEC / SF 86 Briefing, Beyond Basic Recruiter School brief, and the final PFT.

Training Week 8

The eighth and final week of BRT school includes dress “B” inspection, guest of honor social and graduation.

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26 Responses to Marines Recruiting School

  1. Edwin says:

    How much does it cost to train a recruiter at Recruiter’s School?

  2. Victor says:

    If my sda package is with the Recruiting monitor are my chances of it getting approved good?

  3. John says:

    1 2 3 4 I love the USMC , 5 6 7 8 I hate poggy bait! 1965 MCRD San Diego Plt 336; Hill 55, 1st Bn 7 Mar 1968! Recruiter School San Diego Class 5/79!HarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Cpl Moore says:

    I was just reading the comment about the EAD Recuiter Program mentioned earlier. I was searching online for more information and could not really find anything. I was curious to know if anyone knows of a website or link to more information or at least a Marine Corps order on the program. That option sounds highly interesting to me, if I can pull it off after being IRR for the last year.. Miss my beloved Corps..

  5. K Mason says:

    I am totally discussed by the below string from a Gunny Sgt to a recruit This needs to be addressed

    On January 4, 2012 12:37:03 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    Burris i need to talk to you call me at [phone number removed] nothing bad i just need to pass some word on to you

    On January 5, 2012 5:33:16 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    REALLY I NEED TO TALK TO YOU CALL ME ITS ABOUT THIS SATURDAY AND WE HAVENT HEARD FROM YOU AND WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OK!!!

    On January 23, 2012 6:16:55 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    Burris how them crunches coming? Have you been hitting up the PT as hard as you told me you were going to do. Just remeber i dont put my name or my RANK on the line for alot of people so i trully hope you are sticking up to your promise to me!!!

    On January 23, 2012 7:50:37 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    I’ve been going to PT and the recent poolee function. i havnt actually tested them again, but i caught a bad bad cold. so i’ll try and do as much as i can

    On January 24, 2012 5:13:53 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    [phone number removed]

    On February 11, 2012 10:48:02 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    gunny so much shit has been happening these past two weeks!

    On February 11, 2012 10:49:37 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    its hard to stay focused on school even!

    On February 11, 2012 10:50:06 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    and i really dont think i was ment to be a marine right now

    On February 11, 2012 10:52:23 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    That’s fine just know you will never get a job with this on your record or get into college I hope your girlfriend is worth it and I’m going to have people look into that as well

    On February 11, 2012 10:52:54 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    im not with any girl.

    On February 11, 2012 10:53:06 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    I highly doubt that’s the case either.

    On February 11, 2012 10:55:24 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    are you serious right now?

    On February 11, 2012 10:57:42 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    And if you think I’m playing just try it as well as I need all the DVD I gave you and if I don’t get them back I will let the school know and if you didn’t know we pulled your transcripts and your not on trac to even graduate so if you don’t want our help I’ll make sure I pay it forward

    On February 11, 2012 11:00:52 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    I can get you the dvd’s. let the school know what?

    On February 11, 2012 11:03:52 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    How your messing up your life

    On February 11, 2012 11:05:42 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    So are you telling me you have given up on life high school and your family

    On February 11, 2012 11:06:13 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    so your going to publisize to everyone at my school that i backed out of the marine corps, if i dont stay

    On February 11, 2012 11:06:38 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    no im going to [removed]

    On February 11, 2012 11:07:25 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    Even your friends think your crazy trust me they tell me e erything

    On February 11, 2012 11:08:10 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    so your going to publisize to everyone at my school that i backed out of the marine corps, if i dont stay

    On February 11, 2012 11:09:00 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    Yes I will tell everyone because you made a commitment and your backing out. Not my fault!!!

    On February 11, 2012 11:13:13 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    whatever gunny. tell whoever you want. i WANTED to be a marine, but now that its been five and a half months i thought about it and i dont! i fucked up, i made a bad decision. and now i dont really want to! im going through to much shit right now and for you guys to be shuving your foots down my neck really aint helpin’.

    On February 11, 2012 11:15:09 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    and you even told me.. if i dont want to be a marine, just tell me. and we’ll sign the papers and youll never hear from us again. and now your telling me your gonna go to my school and tell everyone that i backed out on my country.. thanks. wtf does my school have to do with it..

    On February 11, 2012 11:17:04 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    Do whatever you want man just know this will affect you the rest of your life your the one that will have to explain to your kids that backed out with a commitment to your country not me

    On February 11, 2012 11:17:58 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    And will still check on your mom because I know this isn’t the son she raised she will be devistated

    On February 11, 2012 11:19:11 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    havnt seen me there lately have yah

    On February 11, 2012 11:20:32 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    Nope a true test of your character

    On February 11, 2012 11:21:03 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    because i got kicked out for telling my mother i loved and cared about her. that i was tired of her boyfriend calling her a fucking cunt and a fucking bitch and that im tired of him treating my mom like shit and you know what she told me? “go find somewhere else to live” so if she thinks it’s devistating, then she should have thought twice about kicking me out at 17 1/2

    On February 11, 2012 11:21:12 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    thats what kind of shit im going through.

    On February 11, 2012 11:23:09 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    More stuff your going too have to live with I have been through alot of stuff but nothing I have been through would make me turn my back on my mom

    On February 11, 2012 11:23:31 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    my mom turned her back on me.

    On February 11, 2012 11:25:47 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    That’s an excuse for someone that is weak she raised you for 18 years just think of that when no one else gives a shit about you she will always love you

    On February 11, 2012 11:25:48 PM PST, [removed] Burris wrote:

    like i said, because im not ready for a commitment doesnt make me a wrong person.

    On February 11, 2012 11:27:10 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    You already made a commitment your just backing out on it so I’ll ensure you it follows you trust me

    On February 11, 2012 11:33:54 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    In 12 years burris I have never met someone to back out like this wowwwww

    On February 11, 2012 11:36:22 PM PST, [removed] Simone wrote:

    I can’t wait for you to see your friends come back in dress blues and you have to always think I wonder if…..

    • Sgt Darby says:

      I am a Recruiter in MA, and reading how the Recruiter treated Burris fucking disgusts me, let the kid make his own decision, talk to him and see where his head is at, try maintaining the commitment with the kid, but don’t talk down to him and treat him like a piece of shit and publicize and try and ruin the kids fucking life because you just don’t want a DEP Discharge, should have treated him like he actually meant something to you, something that’s worth more than that one Contract that you wrote with his name on the 1966 PG 1, that’s why the kid backed out, you treated him like a piece of shit, and couldn’t talk to him man to man, instead you talked down to him and made him feel like nothing, who cares if a kid wants to work at McDonalds their whole life, preserve the relationship and be professional, it’s his life not yours, DEP Discharge isn’t the end of the world let the kid live his life the way he wants, He will regret not being a Marine, and later on you can say I told you so and leave it at that, not fucking ruin his life with every asset you have available, fucking shit man, shady fucking recruiters

  6. USMCSNCO says:

    I began my package to request to become a recruiter 6 weeks ago, as well as my reenlistment package so that I would have my required TIS for the job. The CRS has been sitting on my paperwork for about 5 weeks. I am at a satolite site, so staying on him to do what he gets paid to is not easy.
    To make a long story short, yesterday he let me know that I was on the HSST hit list and not am not able to be considered a volunteer and lose the option of requesting a district. Is there anyway to point out the fact that I am trying to request this and be removed from the voluntold list?
    Any advice would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • Lou says:

      Just because you “volunteer” doesn’t guarantee you’ll get your 1st district choice. A few buddies from recruiters school got Travel and Adventure as their 1st district choice and they volunteered

      • sgtofmarines says:

        Actually as a volunteer you do have a district choice. but thats it. you can not choose specifically where in the district. If you put the work in you can get a by name request through the RS SgtMaj

  7. shaun says:

    I just popped on the HSST screening. I have a full sleeve that has been documented. I am wondering if they push waivers for recruiting?

  8. Adam says:

    I was active duty for four years then dropped to IRR for two years and now back with the reserves and Im actually wishing to become a recuirter. Anyone got any suggestions?

    • Lou says:

      Join the Army! The Marine Corps isn’t accepting prior service applications at this time. Please try again during the next war. Thank You

    • Sgt G says:

      look up a prior service recruiter in your state

    • Mike says:

      Adam,
      Contact a Marine Corps Prior Service Recruiter in your local area and tell him/her you are interested in the Extended Active Duty (EAD) Recruiter program. I have worked with these Marines in the past and have even brought a few onto the program. You will have to join a reserve unit to get your training up to date and a favorable endorsement from the command. You will then contact the non-Prior Service Recruiters and submit a pkg through your local Recruiting Station. You have to get RS SgtMaj approval. The RS will then route your pkg through their district for final approval. The spots are few and far between, but they are out there. The more willing you are to be stationed anywhere they need you in the district, the better your chances of being accepted. One of the great things about the program is if you are accepted and complete sccessful three year tour, you will be given the opporunity to become an 8412, Career Recruter, and augment to Active Duty permanently. Let me know if you have any questions.

      • Chad says:

        Adam,

        Mike has some good advice here; however, our budget was significantly cut in the EAD department. Prior to going on EAD, you will need to speak with the SgtMaj to determine whether the specific RS you choose has funding. For example, our RS utilized ALL of our EAD funds during 1st Qtr FY12. However, many other RS in the 6th District have not utilized this program at all. Therefore, you may get lucky depending on the location you are looking at working. Prior to getting Commissioned, I was a Reservist that was working an EAD package. That is a great program that benefits our mission; however, the entire MC has low MSNs right now. With that being said, I am not sure that a station will beat down your door to have you come on Active Duty (esp if you are a Sgt or above- RS is responsible for your BAH and base pay). Good luck!

        Everyone else…learn from his mistake! STAY ACTIVE DUTY.

        s/f

  9. Ambrose says:

    ifr anyone knows how to successfuylly get out of it so i can fulfill becoming a DI please let me know!

  10. Ambrose says:

    yea i got selected from the hrst team too. they cancelled my DI orders and threw the pkg away to tell me i have to be a recruiter. i was kind of pissed and still am.

  11. john says:

    I just got selected by the HRST team for a screening. I hate the corps!

  12. I WHANT TO BECOME A USMC

  13. i am Cameroonian military my wish is to work in usmc what to do?

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