Sergeant Adams Speaks to Students at GCTC
By Bonnie Brunt
Sergeant Willie Adams, a recruiter with the United States Marine Corps, visited the Grenada Career and Technical Center on April 19th to speak to the students in Building Trades, Automotive Technology, Information Technology, and Welding to provide them with information about requirements and opportunities of enlistment in the Marine Corps.
To enlist in the Marines, a person must be at least 17 years old, possess a high school diploma or GED, and pass the ASVAB test. High scores on the ASVAB test provides qualifications for higher level jobs. The Delayed Entry Program allows students to enlist while they are still in high school or college and have up to 365 days to report to boot camp.
With service in the Marine Corps, a person is eligible for many educational benefits, including Tuition Assistance, the Montgomery GI Bill, and the Reservist program. The Reservist program is a split program that allows you to be in the Marines and go to school full time. NROTC scholarships are also available to high school graduates who make a certain score on the SAT or ACT test.
The Marine Corps offers over 1000 jobs in 40 different career fields and all of these jobs support the infantry. Training, including formal training, on-the-job training, and advanced formal training, is provided for over 500 technical skills. Some of these technical specialties include computers, communications, intelligence, electronics, and aviation. A person can also be in the Marines and play in the band as a full time job. The Marine band is the only band that plays for the President.
The Marine Corps provides
security for the President. They maintain and fly Marine One (HMX1) and two Marines greet the President when he disembarks Marine One, the Presidential helicopter. Ronald Reagan said, “Many people spend their entire lives wondering if they’ve made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.”
The students enjoyed Sergeant Adams’s presentation and asked questions at the conclusion of the program.