After spending 11 years within the Marine Corps, Ricardo Slowly determined it was his time to depart, however after he hit the job market on the lookout for a profession alternative, he quickly discovered the Corps by no means left him.
He bought in contact with Marine For Life, a program that assists Marines who’ve been honorably discharged from the service, serving to them transition from the Corps again into the civilian world.
Created in 2002 by then Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen James L. Jones, Marine For Life was designed to attach with the Marine-friendly networks that already existed in the neighborhood to strengthen the Marine Corps’ ties with the civilian group.
However, in 2004, out of necessity, this system, beneath the route of then commandant, Gen Michael W. Hagee, shifted focus to the Marine For Life Injured Support Section to help these wounded from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
Once the Wounded Warrior Regiment was totally established, in 2008 the Marine For Life program bought again to its unique mission of aiding all transitioning Marines.
Since then, LtCol Jerard Brewer, Marine For Life’s southeast district officer in cost stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, has been actively participating employers in the neighborhood to unfold this system’s message.
“We are right here to help Marines and even sailors who’ve been connected to Marine models after they determine it’s their time to depart the army,” Brewer mentioned. “We do this by partnering with veteran friendly and Marine-preferred employers in the public and private sector and assist Marines with their life’s goals.”
Before servicemembers can depart the army, it’s obligatory for them to attend the Transition Assistance Management Program, which gives service members employment help, vocational steering, and transition data. This is when Marine For Life representatives make their presence identified.
“Many Marines do not know about us,” Brewer mentioned. “We give a brief about what we can do for Marines and sailors who are transitioning back to the civilian world and let them know that they can come see us any time throughout their career.”
Brewer added that this system’s title needs to be taken actually.
“Whether you have been out for four years or 20, any time down the road, Marine For Life will assist in any way,” he mentioned.
The program, totally staffed by Marine reservists, assists by creating interviewing expertise and producing resumes and even gives to make contact with an employer on the service member’s behalf.
Since this system is a nationwide effort, designated Marine reservists are positioned all through the United States.
Sgt Nichole H. Mason, the Jacksonville, N.C., space hometown hyperlink, mentioned although Marine For Life is right here to assist, they don’t seem to be chargeable for job placement.
“We can’t be responsible for actually getting that Marine or sailor hired,” Mason mentioned. “We will give them the tools to make them competitive as possible, make contact with the business and send job listings, but ultimately, it’s up to them.”
After listening to a quick about Marine For Life throughout TAMPs, Slowly approached Mason to get the method began. He created his profile, obtained resume-building expertise and submitted his expertise for employers to see. Within three weeks, he accepted a suggestion he couldn’t refuse, as a ground mechanic for protection contractor, AECOM.