SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 – The Musicians Enrollment Option Program gives young men and women the opportunity to fight and win our nation’s battles while pursuing their passion for music. While this program is a great opportunity, finding the few qualified and up to the challenge can be a challenge in itself. This is because the individual must be not only a skilled musician but above all a Marine.
To find these candidates and ensure the success of the MEOP mission, two things are needed: an elite recruiting force and a hardworking technical assistant to guide them in the right direction. The Master Sgt serves as the MTA for the 6th Marine Corps District. Mardia Timoney.
As MTA, Timoney’s primary responsibilities are to take overall responsibility for the coordination and management of the MEOP; as well as providing advice, operational support and audition selection for the recruiting command.
With Timoney spearheading Exercise 2021, the 6th MCD team has proven it has what it takes to accomplish the mission. During the past fiscal year, the 6th MCD achieved the following successes: concluding contracts and qualifying by December 2019, conducting a total of 40 live auditions, and closing the expedition in June without any deposit. Marine Corps recruits to date.
“The hard work of the 6th MCD Recruitment Team has resulted in 16 candidates who have already been selected and recruited for 2022.” Staff Sgt. Mardia Timoney, MTA for 6th Marine Corps District
“This has led to an excellent starting pool of 82% for fiscal 2022 by May 2021,” Timoney said.
While the 6th MCD exceeded expectations as a whole, there were several recruiting stations, recruiting substations and an individual recruiter that stood out from the crowd. RS Tampa has successfully qualified, contracted and shipped eight MEOP candidates for fiscal 2021.
RSS Fort Myers, RSS Bradenton, RSS Orlando, RSS Sarasota, RSS Kissimmee, RSS Temple Terrace and RSS Wesley Chapel have successfully recruited 14 applicants since fiscal 2020. Gunnery Sgt. Robert Uanino, RSS Jacksonville Beach, has overseen and successfully facilitated the processing and shipping of over three MEOP candidates over the past two years.
“With regard to the past successes of the MEOP program, I owe a big thank you for the intense and focused efforts of the entire recruiting force,” said Timoney. “Due to the speed and efficiency with which 6th MCD contracts for future vacancies, we are able to become even more competitive and ensure that we are looking for highly qualified men and women to work for us. enroll in the marine music program. “
As the 6th MCD enters the next fiscal year, the MEOP searches for all instruments to build a strong starting pool for FY 2023. For more information on the process, the MTA can be contacted at (843) 298 -1944 or at Marines.com/MEOP.
By the sergeant. Erin Morejon
6th Marine Corps District