Marine Corps Recruiting Command completed its mission for Fiscal Year 2022 across all categories and components on September 30, 2022.
Fiscal year 2022 was one of the toughest years for recruiting since the all-volunteer force was established. The year featured the continuing challenges of the COVID pandemic, reduced access to prospects, a declining eligible population, a historic low propensity to enlist, declining public trust in government, the media cost inflation and a growing military and civilian divide. Regardless, the Marines continued to fight, and the Command exceeded its assigned total force mission by shipping 33,210 active and 4,602 reserve memberships to boot camp, fielding 1,705 officers and joining 3,840 previously serving Marines in the reserves. While maintaining quality standards well above Ministry of Defense requirements.
“Over the past year, our Marines have faced many critical challenges and met each with the dedication and commitment that America expects of its Marines,” said Maj. Gen. William Bowers, commanding officer. general of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
On the final day of the exercise, Major General Bowers brought the headquarters team together to highlight the year’s successes across the MCRC enterprise and recognize the individual accomplishments of key members of the MCRC team. headquarters.
“Last day of fiscal year 22, we’re on a mission,” Bowers said. “We still have teams in the fight right now. Just so you know the MCRC DNA we evacuated half of RS Jacksonville [in the wake of Hurricane Ian] and they closed the military entrance processing station in Tampa, but there are still men and women from Florida who want to be Marines. Their recruiters lead them to the MEPS in Montgomery on the day of the mission… They are in the fight even though a hurricane is beating down on them, it is the DNA of the MCRC.
“Over the past year, our Marines have faced many critical challenges and met each with the dedication and commitment that America expects of its Marines,” Major General William Bowers, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command
Even in these tough recruiting times, the Marine Corps has not lowered its standards. The goal is always to find and attract the Marine of tomorrow – an intelligent, lifelong learner who meets our strict physical standards and understands that, even as we modernize equipment and tactics, our success depends on their ability to adapt to emerging threats in austere environments.
By assigning quality Marines to cover every zip code, we continue to strengthen community advocacy, increase Marine Corps brand awareness, improve diversity, and ensure a steady flow of new Marines and fresh prospects. The relentless efforts of Navy Recruiters and Officer Selection Officers across the nation have yielded historic results in building a highly skilled diverse force. In FY22, enlisted and officer miscellaneous accessions were 54% and 35% respectively. Additionally, more than 15% of all officer accessions and 11% of enlisted were female, suggesting that the Marine Corps should expect 4-8% female accessions.
After realizing what some thought was impossible, Marine Corps Recruiting Command quickly refocused its efforts on the Exercise 2023 mission.
“Over the next year, Marine Corps Recruiting Command will: strengthen and expand the confidence of the American people in their Marine Corps, enable our Marines and their families to be happy and successful, and positively shape the future of the Marine Corps – one highly qualified candidate element at a time,” Bowers said. “If we don’t make Marines, we don’t have a Marine Corps.”