KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 11/21/10, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews SSgt. Kimberly Taylor, Canvassing Recruiter, USMC. The Marine Corps is a component of the U.S. Navy but its leadership structure is a separate branch. 

Taylor says Marines work closely with naval forces for training, transportation and logistics.  She says it is the smallest of U.S. armed forces in the Defense Department.   She says there are rigid “entrance” requirements, including a high school diploma, not a GED.  She also says potential recruits must be “of good character” and cannot have any serious criminal offenses or drug issues. 

Taylor says the career opportunities and educational opportunities are outstanding. She says starting pay is around $1400 a month, with regular promotions and increases.  She says you must be between 17 and 28 to join and serve a 4-year tour of duty. She says Marines receive 30 days of paid vacation each year, including  10 days before reporting to their first assignment after graduating from recruit training.  As a Marine, she says up to 100 percent of your education expenses may be paid by the federal government through programs like Tuition Assistance, the Montgomery GI Bill and the Marine Corps College Fund.  She says the only reason to not get a college degree in the Marines is “because you don’t want to.” 

Taylor says to become a Marine is to become part of a brotherhood that exists in and out of uniform, during and after service. Marine support networks exemplify this promise.