BY INGRID HEIDEMANN
Marine Recruiters who visit the school are looking for hardworking individuals that want to serve their country. They come in hopes of educating students who are interested in the different types of career paths offered in the Marine Corps and how these jobs help people transition to the civilian sector after military service.
The purpose of recruiting students to the Marines is to create productive members of society. “Our job in the Marines is to make sure we return good quality civilians back into the community once they are done with serving their country,” said Marine Corps Career Counselor Mr. Enzo Soberanis. He is a helicopter mechanic and an aerial gunner who has been serving in the Marines for eleven years. Soberanis usually visits the school during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays to give students more information on the Marines. Soberanis claimed, “I joined the Marines because I wanted to be a part of something great. The rich history and tradition of the Marines speaks for itself and I wanted to be a part of that.” Experienced recruiters like Soberanis help provide professional career insight that people considering the military will need in order to make an informed decision about serving.
There are a few steps one must complete before they are able to enlist in the Marines. Students must speak to a Marine recruiter about their personal reasons for considering joining the military. There is a recruiting office located next to the Navy Federal Bank across from school where students can speak to a Marine recruiter. A future recruit must take an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test as well. It is necessary to schedule appointments with recruiters and one’s parents to make sure students have approval to join the Marines if they are not yet eighteen. Students can also take a Pre-screening internet-delivered Computer Adaptive Test (PiCAT), which is an unproctored form of the ASVAB test. This provides recruiters with the ability to sufficiently determine if an applicant is capable of being a productive Marine before sending them to a military entrance test site or military entrance processing station. Senior Dakota Duffy said, “After taking the PiCAT, Soberanis told me my score, and I was able to set up an appointment to go to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) down in San Diego, so I took two days from school to go down to MEPS and swear into the Marines.”
While the Marines do offer opportunities for students to attend college, non-college graduates can benefit from being drafted too. Marine Recruiters provide professional development and the skills students will need in order be successful in life. They instill self discipline, leadership, and self reliance. All of this will make draftees more competitive and prepared for the real world.