Marine Corps Recruiting and Recruit-Training Policies and Practices

FPCD-77-18: Published: Feb 10, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1977.

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Changes by the Marine Corps to correct problems in recruiting and recruit training were studied. These changes included: placing Recruit Training Depot Commanders in charge of recruiting as well as training nonprior service personnel; increasing the number of high school graduates recruited and limiting the enlistment of lower mental category individuals; and attempting to identify factors which indicate whether an individual can successfully complete the first enlistment.

During the 6 months following implementation of the changes, no positive trends were identified which could be attributed solely to the changes.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Commandant of Marine Corps to: establish a recruit-training program more fully based on measurable training objectives; require periodic inspections to be sure that the actual training conforms to the prescribed program; start processing recruits without delay and start platoons into training immediately after processing; and reevaluate the need to continue each of the special training platoons.

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