Recruiting Station Indianapolis honored Marine Staff Sergeant Jordan Jeffries and Marine Sergeant Jasmine Gonzalez as the Recruiter of the Year and Rookie Recruiter of the Year for 2017. The criteria for the awards looked at each recruiters statistics including their accessions per recruiter, or how many qualified applicants they send to recruiter training.
Marine Staff Sergeant Jordan Jeffries, a recruiter at Permanent Contact Station Logansport, Indiana, attributed his success to goal setting and organization. “I would set myself goals throughout the day and wouldn’t stop until they were achieved,” said Jeffries.
His hard work payed off, not only was Jeffries the Recruiter of the Year for Recruiting Station Indianapolis, he was also meritoriously promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant. “This last year has been exciting for me and my family, I was promoted meritoriously, I attended the educator workshop and my wife gave birth to my first son Oliver,” said Jeffries.
Jeffries said the best part of finding and creating the next generation of Marines is seeing what the Marine Corps can do for people and watching the transformation from civilian to Marine. When Jeffries returns to the fleet Marine Corps, he will be bringing some lessons back with him that he has learned as a recruiter. “I learned a lot about time management and how to be able to prioritize things a lot better.”
Rookie Recruiter of the Year Marine Sergeant Jasmine Gonzalez, a recruiter at Recruiting Sub Station West Indianapolis, attributed her success to pushing herself beyond what she thought was possible. “I worked extremely hard and forced myself out of my normal comfort zones,” said Gonzalez.
While she is honored to receive the award, Gonzalez said the real reward was seeing the impact of her efforts on the people that she worked with. “Over the last year, I found that it is emotionally moving and motivating to see those who I've put in the Marines grow and mature during their time in the delayed entry program and come back to see me as a United States Marine.”
When asked about how she feels creating the next generation of Marines, Gonzalez quickly responded that, “we have a huge responsibility to ensure we find the most qualified American citizens to sustain our legacy and protect our institution. It is a responsibility that I am most proud of to have been entrusted with and will continue to do so with Honor, Courage and Commitment.”