Marine Sergeant David Verdoorn worked for Minneapolis Marine for Life Network (M4L) Rep Major Nick “Scully” Korent as a Recruiter when he was the Executive Officer, Recruiting Station Twin Cities.  Then-Sergeant Verdoorn EASed out of the Marine Corps in 2015 but enlisted in the California National Guard in 2016 as a Sergeant (E-5) and was quickly promoted to Staff Sergeant (SSG) (E-6) and applied for Recruiting Duty in 2018.  Having been on active duty as a Marine Corps Recruiter, and therefore highly qualified for National Guard recruiting duty, SSG Verdoorn found the “door” closed several times over the next 2 years.  In January of this year, SSG Verdoorn was promoted to Sergeant First Class (SFC) (E-7) but upon learning that he could not be a National Guard Recruiter as an SFC, resumed his previous rank. 

In June of this year, SSG Verdoorn asked Maj Korent for a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) highlighting his exceptional skills and results as a recruiter.  On 15 August 2020, Primarily due to Maj Korent’s LOR, SSG Verdoorn received orders to work out of the Fullerton (CA) Armory as a National Guard Recruiter.

SSG Verdoorn very much appreciated Maj Korent’s assistance in finally becoming a National Guard Recruiter after 2 years of trying because “he wants[s] to truly have an impact on today’s youth especially given the pandemic, riots, and the overall culture of today’s society”.

What can we learn from David Verdoorn’ Success?

  1. Connect to the Marine for Life Network early in your transition. The M4L Network can expand your network with your connections to Marine-friendly employers, career training, and Veteran support resources in your area. The best way to connect with your local M4L Reps is to complete the form located on www.marineforlife.org

Still searching for more in-depth assistance with networking? Contact your installation’s Transition Readiness staff and join the Marine for Life Network by completing the form.  You can also follow the Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.