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Marine in recruiting ad hopes to inspire disadvantaged youths

Mar. 20, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Capt. Micah Hudson, a legislative analyst with Headquarters Marine Corps, appears in a new video on the service's recruiting website.
Capt. Micah Hudson, a legislative analyst with Headquarters Marine Corps, appears in a new video on the service's recruiting website. (Marine Corps)
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A mustang captain is the new face of the Marine Corps’ “Fighting with a Purpose” recruiting campaign, which highlights diversity in the service ranging from minority leaders to varying mission types that are outside the combat zone.

Capt. Micah Hudson, who serves as a legislative analyst in Programs and Resources with Headquarters Marine Corps, is featured in a new video on the service’s recruiting website.

Hudson received his commission in 2007, after making the switch to officer from his last enlisted rank of gunnery sergeant. He was selected by Marine Corps Recruiting Command officials as someone who is aligned with the campaign, said Lance Cpl. Jessica Quezada, a spokeswoman for the command.

Hudson said he hopes the video will reach some of the more disadvantaged minority communities so the youth will find leaders in the Corps who come from similar backgrounds.

“If they can see me out there as an example of the Marine Corps being a viable option instead of something they just discount out of hand without even exploring it, that would be a victory,” Hudson said.

Showing diverse leaders is especially important as demographics in the U.S. change, he said. It shows prospective recruits and officer candidates that they can find a place in the Marine Corps, he said. That is important in areas like the one he grew up in that doesn’t have much of a connection to the Marine Corps.

When Hudson graduated from high school in Daytona, Fla., he enrolled in community college. But he was hanging out with the same unmotivated crowd he was friends with in high school. They were doing the same things they did then, he said, staying out late and not going to class.

When a recruiter reached him one morning by phone, he decided to schedule a meeting. After speaking with the staff noncommissioned officer in the recruiting office, he decided to enlist. But it wasn’t a popular decision with his family — especially his mom, he said.

“I can’t really speak for the whole country, but ... in the South, black kids are really influenced by what their uncles, aunts, cousins, mom, dad and grandparents say,” Hudson said. “Some of them, quite frankly, have a bad taste in their mouth from Vietnam and that was 50 years ago.”

Participating in MCRC’s campaign as a black officer will hopefully help break down some of the negative stereotypes people have about the way minorities are treated in the military, he said.

“I’ve done quite a bit in the Marine Corps, and if someone sees that, they might think, ‘That guy is like me. His story is pretty similar to mine,’ so they at least give it a try.”

Showing a diverse force also helps motivate the Marines already in the Corps, Hudson added. If a young lance corporal who immigrated from Mexico sees a Hispanic general officer, they realize reaching those heights is something they can do in their own career, he said.

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