U.S. Marines from 9th Marine Corps District pose for a photo after graduating from the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge course 3-21 on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., May 21, 2021. The course teaches the Marines how to properly lead their respective recruiting sub-stations. (U.S. Marine Corps illustration by Cpl. Baylee Boggs)
Carlos Brown, left, a pastor and the business representative for the International Longshoreman’s Association, Mark Brown, middle, a retired Marine, and Jason Brown, the Fine Arts Department Chair and Band Director for East St. Louis High School, pose for a photo in Swansea, Ill., Feb 27, 2021. The three men were gathered together for an interview about their life story. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andrew Jones)
Ei Ei Naing poses for a photo at Recruiting Sub-Station West Des Moines, Iowa, January 6, 2021. Naing is the recipient of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship for Recruiting Station Des Moines Iowa/Nebraska. Born into a refugee camp, Naing and her parents immigrated to the United States for a better life and provide their daughter with better opportunities. (Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Timothy Smithers )
U.S. Marines with Recruiting Sub-Station Palatine, Recruiting Station Chicago, 9th Marine Corps District, pose for a group photo with other participates at Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn, IL, Oct. 16, 2020. The Marines participate in the support of Toys for Tots golf outing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Robert Gavaldon)
Lt. Col. Christopher Tsirlis presents his son, Christian, with the $180,000 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship during his high school awards night in 2019. Christian earned the scholarship in 2019 after a rigorous and competitive application process. He proved he was worthy of the scholarship through his academic achievements and proven leadership abilities as the captain of his school football and track teams. He also demonstrated outstanding physical fitness abilities.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Evan French, a production recruiter, with Recruiting Substation Champaign, Recruiting Station St. Louis conducts a virtual interview with a prospect in Champaign, Illinois on July 28, 2020. During the month of April most of the RSS' stopped area canvasing to look for new prospects to ensure the safety of the recruiters and public. This led them to rely more heavily on phone calls and social media as their tool for communication. (Curtosey Photo)
Rural recruiting has some unique challenges associated within the it. Sergeant Corey Ridgeway tells us about his experience working in this environment.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Geoffrey Ogden, a reserve judge advocate, is depicted in a graphic illustration in St. Louis, Sept. 30, 2020. In the civilian sector, Ogden serves as a federal prosecutor in St. Louis.
Maj. Patrick Skehan, Staff Sgt. McCoy Herold and Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller pose for a picture at the Recruiting Station Des Moines Iowa/Nebraska Christmas Part Dec 14, 2019. The recruiting staff from Iowa and Nebraska took some time to enjoy family, friends and fun during the holiday season.
St. Louis students recognized for attending Prestigious Marine Corps Summer Program
Sergeant John Brilhart, a musician with Marine Band San Diego, performs a solo at the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts during a tour of the Midwest. The band performs at more than 350 appearances per year. The band performs every Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California when they are not on tour. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Calvin Hilt)
Corporal Trent Larson, a musician with Marine Band San Diego, performs at Huntington North High School during a tour of the Midwest. The band is consists of 50 Marines, with each musician playing in multiple other ensembles. The band performs every Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California when they are not on tour. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Calvin Hilt)
Sergeant Kevin Williams, a drill instructor with Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, instructs a poolee how to properly lift ammo cans during the combat fitness test at an all-hands pool function. Recruiting Station Indianapolis hosted the pool function to simulate recruit training, while preparing  the poolees to deal with the stress and high tempo during the 13-week training regimen. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carl King/Released)
Sergeants Kevin Williams and Matthew Schihl, drill instructors with Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, motivate a poolee to run faster during the combat fitness test at an all-hands pool function. Recruiting Station Indianapolis hosted the pool function to simulate recruit training, while preparing  the poolees to deal with the stress and high tempo during the 13-week training regimen. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carl King/Released)
Sergeant Matthew Schihl, a drill instructor with Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, motivates a poolee to run faster during the combat fitness test at an all-hands pool function. Recruiting Station Indianapolis hosted the pool function to simulate recruit training, while preparing  the poolees to deal with the stress and high tempo during the 13-week training regimen. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carl King/Released)
Sergeant Matthew Schihl, a drill instructor with Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, motivates a poolee during the combat fitness test at an all-hands pool function. Recruiting Station Indianapolis hosted the pool function to simulate recruit training, while preparing  the poolees to deal with the stress and high tempo during the 13-week training regimen. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carl King/Released)
Sergeant Maj. Lester Abanto, Recruiting Station Indianapolis sergeant major, motivates poolees during the RS all-hands pool function, April 13, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Recruiting Station Indianapolis hosted the pool function to simulate recruit training, while preparing  the poolees to deal with the stress and high tempo during the 13-week training regimen. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carl King/Released)
Marines with Marine Corps Recruiting Command G3 Team develop user stories for the Marine Corps Recruiting Information Support System II Feb. 8, in Stafford, Virginia. Marine Corps Systems Command has partnered with Marine Corps Recruiting Command to develop MCRISS II with the goal of making the job of recruiters a little easier. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Joseph Neigh)
CEDARBURG, Wisc --- Staff Sgt. Nicholas Ranum, a Marine Corps Recruiting Station Milwaukee Marketing and Communications Marine, visited Ruth Voight-Holman, a Marine World War II Veteran, at Lasata Senior Living Campus in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, January 23rd. He talked with her and bonded over their time in the Marines.
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. --- Gunnery Sgt. Pete Vargo, the staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Recruiting Substation Green Bay, was presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Thursday, August 2nd by Major Gen. James Bierman during a visit to Marine Corps Recruiting Station Milwaukee. Vargo was awarded the medal for his swift response and assistance at a vehicle crash on I-41 in Washington County that left seven injured and took the life of an 18-year-old.
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