Allegations of Recruiter Malpractice in the Marine Corps

FPCD-77-22: Published: Feb 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1978.

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Marine Corps recruiting efforts in the Detroit, Michigan, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, areas were reviewed following allegations by two former recruiters of widespread recruiting malpractices in those areas. The review included: investigations of recruiting stations; reviews of recruiting policies, procedures, and practices; examination of records, reports, and correspondence; and interviews with present and former recruiters. Allegations of malpractice involved enlistment of unqualified applicants by trading them for other unqualified applicants in nearby states, schooling them to lie, and running fake police checks.

These allegations could not be verified at the recruiting stations visited, and review of the records generally did not support these contentions. At Tulsa, there were irregularities in the enlistment of one individual, and in Detroit, two individuals were rejected for physical reasons. Eight out of 109 recruiters in Detroit and two out of 43 recruiters in the Oklahoma City Recruiting Station were disciplined for recruiting malpractices or irregularities during the past 2 years. (RRS)

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