Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA --
To help enlisted Marines here in making well-informed career decisions, Headquarters Manpower Management Enlisted Assignment branch will visit for the first time Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Command and tenant commands, Feb. 13-14. The team will also visit Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 17. Enlisted Marines are encouraged to take the opportunity to participate in interviews with their respective occupational field monitors. Opportunities for first-term 2012 and career 2012 Marines to receive on-the-spot assignments and reenlistment authority will also be provided during the MMEA representatives’ visit. “All Marines regardless of rank or time in service have career goals and personal goals (they) would like to accomplish during their time in the Corps,” Sgt. Maj. Christopher Harper, sergeant major, MCLC, said. “MMEA command visits help both the Marine Corps retain its good Marines, assigning them where needed as well as help individual Marines map out their careers.” The MMEA visit also provides command awareness of enlisted manpower issues including command distribution, addresses commands’ manpower concerns, assignments, retention, staffing and unit cohesion, Harper noted. “As the Corps continues to reduce its numbers, increasing the competitive drive to secure a boat space within the Corps, information MMEA provides becomes even more valuable to command leadership and career Marines alike,” he said. “All tenant commands’ sergeants through sergeant major aboard MCLB Albany are excited about having the opportunity to seat down face to face with their monitors and career counselors.” Sgt. Maj. Conrad Potts, sergeant major, MCLB Albany, described the MMEA visit as “an opportunity for (Marines) to speak with the monitors, see their road map for their specific MOSs and what it will take to reach each level of promotion and abilities to make it through an entire career in that field.” Informal briefs explaining pertinent career information and policies will be provided for first-term Marines and career Marines, according to Master Sgt. Jason Spangenberg, career planner, MCLC.
For first-term Marines, the briefs will focus on current issues and policies surrounding retention of first-term Marines, including lateral moves, the first-term alignment plan, reenlistment incentives and special duty assignments like drill instructor, Marine and Security Guard, and recruiting duties, Spangenberg said. “The first-term alignment plan is important for Marines to understand because it’s our plan of where we are going forward with first-term Marines,” Spangenberg said. Career Marine briefs will focus on enlisted assignments, promotions, retention programs and current Marine Corps policies for sergeants through master gunnery sergeants/sergeants major, he added. For any Marines who are pending reenlistment or decide to submit a package during the MMEA visit have an opportunity for an on-the-spot reenlistment, according to Sgt. Joshua Loflin, career planner, MCLB Albany. “That means their package will be routed through the entire process that very day and come back either approved or disapproved,” Loflin said. Spangenberg explained that Marines must submit packages to their respective career planners to reenlist on the spot. Spangenberg also stressed that “planning for the future is a huge thing. For first-term Marines, the big thing is it re-engages them. It’s good because they hear it from Headquarters Marine Corps especially how important it is to reenlist. For the officers, they should know what the opportunities for their enlisted Marines are and what the monitor’s plan is for the enlisted Marines.” The screening will be primarily based on a first come, first served basis; however, consideration will be given to married Marines with their spouses in attendance and the career planners will be on hand to assist with the flow of screenings and interviews. “One of the most important reasons for as many Marines as possible to participate is so MMEA will return next year and maybe even with more (people),” Loflin said.