Recruiting Station Chicago
RS Chicago Logo 2023
9th Marine Corps District
Chicago, Illinois

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RS Chicago Mess Night

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago, and Guest of Honor Master Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Kerley, a career recruiter monitor...

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2024 Chicago Auto Show

U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago hold the pull-up challenge at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show, Chicago, IL, Feb. 11, 2024. Every...

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U.S. Marine Corps Law Lecture

U.S. Marine Major Branden Koonce, the commanding officer of Recrutiing Station Chicago provides remarks after a lecture presented by Captain...

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Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Visit RS Chicago

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Christopher Mahoney, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Sgt. Maj. Carlos Ruiz, the Sergeant Major of the Marine...

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Monthly Pool Function with RS Chicago Marines

U.S. Marines and Poolees from three sub-stations of Recruiting Station Chicago, conduct a monthly pool function, Chicago, IL, Nov. 18, 2023....

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Medal of Honor Recipient Corporal John Fardy is Honored by Leo High School in Chicago, Illinois

U.S. Marines from Recrutiing Station Chicago and Marines from the Marine Corps Reserves come together to dedicate the courtyard of Leo High School in...

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RS Chicago Marines Participate in India Day Parade in Naperville, Ill.

U.S. Marines of Recruiting Station Chicago play a part in the India Day Parade, Naperville, IL, Aug. 8, 2023. The India Day Parade and Celebration is...

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Chicago Cubs Honor RS Chicago Command

U.S. Marine Major Branden Koonce, commanding officer of Recruiting Station Chicago, left, and Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Eirich, sergeant major of RS...

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Marine awarded the Army Achievement Medal

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Kyle Pantoja, a recruiter with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago is awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Chicago, IL,...

Recruiting Station Chicago Leaders

Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Chicago

Major Branden Koonce enlisted into the delayed entry program in 2001 and graduated recruit training

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Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major, Recruiting Station Chicago

Sergeant Major Eirich graduated from Company “A”, First Recruit Training Battalion on April 11, 2003

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The mission of Marine Corps Recruiting Station (RS) Chicago is to find qualified men and women in the greater Chicago area interested in becoming a United States Marine. Marines maintain the legacy of the Marine Corps by winning our nations battles and returning to their communities as a quality citizen whether they are active duty or reservist.

The coveted title of Marine applies only to those who graduate from the Recruit Depots or Officer Candidate School. RS Chicago will provide qualified prospects the opportunity to attend the training required to become a Marine - Enlisted or Officer.

Additionally, Recruiting Station Chicago provides applicants the opportunity to gain a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship annually.

2400 E Devon Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 

Executive Officer
Capt John Murphy
847-803-6373

Operations Chief
GySgt David Brown
847-803-6060

Recruiter Instructor
MGySgt Paul Miller
847-803-8470

Administration Chief
SSgt Anthony Davila
847-296-8330

Administration Clerk
N/A
847-803-6430

Logistic & Supply Chief
SSgt Noemi Cortez
847-803-3078

Operations Pool Program Specialist
GySgt Cortney Bell
847-803-6372

Assistant Recruiter Instructor
GySgt Kasey Polzine & GySgt Stephen Woodard
847-830-8160

Logistic & Supply Clerk
Sgt Letty Europa
847-803-3077

Marketing & Communications
Sgt Dalton Payne
847-296-8522

Officer Selection Station Chicago
Captain Jonathan Watkins
800 S Wells St
Suite 165
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 431-1747

RSS Carpentersville    
2148 Randall Rd
Carpentersville, IL 60110    
(847) 426-0090

RSS Chicago Heights    
205 W Joe Orr Rd, Suite 2 
Chicago Heights, IL 60411    
(708) 755-1240

RSS Dupage North    
17 W Grand Ave
Bensenville, IL 60106      
(630) 766-6396
 
RSS Lake County
726-A N Green Bay Rd
Waukegan, IL 60085     
(847) 662-0947

RSS McHenry    
2620 Schaid Court
McHenry, IL 60051    
(815) 385-2986

RSS North Center    
2943 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60618      
(773) 267-6125

RSS Oak Lawn
6344 W 95th St
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 430-4530

RSS Oak Park 
4606 W Diversey Ave, Suite B
Chicago, IL 60639   
(773) 385-9216

RSS Plainfield
16122 S Route 59 Suite 110
Plainfield, IL 60586
(708) 254-6598

RSS Palatine
321 E Dundee Rd
Palatine, IL 60074
(847) 891-9030

RSS Rockford
621 Highgrove Pl. 
Rockford, IL
(815) 397-9211/9216/9218/9226

RSS South Chicago
5160 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 581-8711

RSS St Charles
1007-B W Ogden Ave
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 639-0676

PCS Antioch    
660 Route 173
Antioch, IL 60081
(847) 838-2075

PCS Aurora
908 N Lake St
Aurora, IL 60081
(630) 896-4402

PCS Bolingbrook
106 W Boughton Rd
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 378-0392

PCS Blue Island
9705 S Western
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 881-8797

PCS Crystal Lake    
15 Crystal Plaza
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 455-7921

PCS Dekalb
2117 Sycamore Rd
Dekalb, IL
(815) 756-6911

PCS Dixon
1606 Miller St
Dixon, IL
(262) 488-0664

PCS Downers Grove
6224 S Main St, Ste C
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 852-8292

PCS Evanston
1958 E Dempster
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-6492

PCS Freeport
2705 IL Route 26 S
Freeport, IL
(779) 677-2468

PCS Glendale Heights    
250 Town Center Ln
Glendale Heights, IL 60139    
(630) 893-9100

PCS Joliet
1701 Larkin Ave Ste 201
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 741-3181

PCS Lyons
7501 Cermak Rd
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-1297

PCS Morris
321 Liberty St
Morris, IL
(815) 416-1257

PCS Mount Prospect    
1028 Mount Prospect Plaza
Mount Prospect, IL 60056    
(847) 590-0016

PCS Mundelin
337 Townline Rd
Mundelin, IL 60060
(847) 362-6488

PCS Naperville    
1007-B W Ogden Ave
Naperville, IL, 60563    
(630) 639-0676

PCS Orland Park    
9206 W 159th St
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 873-0740

PCS South Shore
7131 S Jeffery Plaza
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 752-8370

PCS South Holland
16122 S State St
South Holland, IL 60473
(708) 331-4240

PCS Schaumberg
1495 W Schaumberg
Schaumberg, IL 60194
(847) 891-9030

PCS Wicker Park 
817 N Milwaukee 
Wicker Park, IL 60642
(312) 243-4368

Photo Information

SUMMIT, Ill. – Staff Sgt. Dominique Young, a drill instructor with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., yells at poolee during Semper Fi Saturday at Argo Community High School in Summit, Illinois, Nov. 4. Semper Fi Saturday is an event that was created by the Marines of Recruiting Substation Oak Lawn in 2010, to give high school students appreciation of the Marine Corps by giving them a first-hand experience into how Marines are made. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Quavaungh Pointer)

Photo by Cpl. Quavaungh S. Pointer

Dusk Till Dawn

17 Nov 2017 | Cpl Qauvaungh Pointer 9th Marine Corps District

Marine Corps drill instructors gave a small taste of Marine Corps life to Argo Community High School students and Marine Corps poolees in Summit, Illinois, Nov. 4, during the annual Semper Fi Saturday event.

The event was created in 2010 by the Marine recruiters with Recruiting Substation Oak Lawn to give high school students appreciation of the Marine Corps by giving them a first-hand experience into how Marines are made. 

When the recruiters approached Greg Kolke, a science teacher at Argo Community High School who also served as a Marine from 1983-1987,  about doing this event in 2010 he was all for it.

“This is just a great event for all involved,” said Kolke. “Events like these show our students what the Marine Corps is all about and it brings a level of respect.”

Before the event officially began, Marine recruiters from Recruiting Substation Oak Lawn, Recruiting Station Chicago, formed all the students and poolees into three platoons. The recruiters explained that the next 12 hours were not going to be easy and will be one of the most difficult things they have ever done.

There was a brief pause. Then, it got real.

Three drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, wasted no time when they came running into the gym.

Much like when recruits step on the yellow footprints at MCRD Parris Island, S.C., or MCRD San Diego, Calif., the drill instructors made sure the students and poolees were standing at the position of attention, feet at a 45-degree angle, hands along the seams of their pants and heads and eyes forward.

The drill instructors immediately had all the students’ and poolees’ undivided attention.

“We wanted to give them a taste of what we go through as Marines,” said Sgt. Mario Bermudez, a recruiter with RSS Oak Lawn, RS Chicago.

The whole night wasn’t just about recruit training – that was only an hour.

For the next 11 hours, the drill instructors and recruiters filled every minute with weapons classes and physical fitness training to professional military education and military occupational specialties.

They even ran a combat fitness test, or CFT, to demonstrate why men and women need to be in great physical shape for the rigors of combat.

“It is important to show the students and poolees who want to join any branch of service, that it’s more than just war,” said Staff Sgt. Dominique Young, a drill instructor with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD Parris Island. “We also wanted to show them there is a process of weeding out the weak.”

Toward the end of the evening, all the students and poolees received Marine Corps sleeping bags and slept for three hours, after an exhausting nine hours of continuous instruction. The event ended after they cleaned up their areas and ate breakfast.

Kolke said the event was a hit that gave the students more confidence.

“It’s important for the kids to challenge themselves,” Kolke said.  “I think the event was a huge success and the students can’t stop talking about it.”



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