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News | Nov. 20, 2023

Meet your recruiter – Staff Sgt. Ian McLean

By Staff Sgt. Eric Johnson USAREC Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Ian McLean, a native of Easton, Maine, serves as a recruiter at the Dublin Army Recruiting Station in Columbus, Ohio. McLean was recently recognized by USAREC leadership as a standout performer in the command.  

McLean enlisted in the Army as military police to protect America’s freedoms while doing something exciting and respectful with his life. His mom wouldn’t permit him to enlist as infantry, so he chose to become military police – the next best thing to infantry in his eyes.  

He would not be where he is today without the support of his station commander, Staff Sgt. Manley.  

“When I was a brand-new recruiter and still learning the ropes, his leadership style and my learning capabilities just clicked,” McLean said. “I like to think with those two combined it really drove our station from being mediocre to competing against larger stations with way more manpower.” 

Making his family proud is one of his biggest inspirations. Especially when his four-year-old daughter tells him how proud of him she is. These moments make him want to do great things not just for himself, but for others as well. 

“Motivating others to put in the effort and keep getting better is a big part of what I do,” McLean said. “I tell people, ‘Gotta do something productive everyday if you want to keep on doing great things.’”  

When not recruiting McLean loves fishing with his daughter, and they try to go as much as they can. He also enjoys video games and magnet fishing.  

McLean looks forward to meeting other top tier performers and networking with them. He also has his sight set on attending Airborne School and earning his wings.   

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