Marines looking for 38,500 new recruits to fill gap in ranks

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New recruits receive their initial haircut during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 29, 2018.  JOSE GONZALEZ/U.S. MARINE CORPS
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Marines looking for 38,500 new recruits to fill gap in ranks

by: Martin Egnash | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 09, 2018

Marine recruiters are confident they can pick up their pace and meet demand for the highest number of new recruits in more than a decade, officials said Thursday.

The Corps needs to recruit 38,500 new Marines to fill the gap in the ranks caused by the large number of people getting out, Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, said in a letter last month.

The Corps has the youngest population but highest turnover of all the services, Neller said. Retention of experienced Marines is a key issue because nearly two-thirds of Marines are E-5 or below.

For Marine Corps recruiters, this means they will need to find qualified individuals more quickly than in the past.

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