Growing up in Flint, Michigan, James Drummond saw the U.S. Marine Corps as a means to a better life. Stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, James found his calling ensuring Marines were paid accurately and on time.

“I was a section administrator and supervisor, responsible for processing pay orders and helping Marines with pay problems,” Drummond explained. “I also processed Marines’ allotments to contribute to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.” Often, he referred fellow Marines to the Society for financial assistance. He knew if a Marine didn’t have the cash for a haircut when it was time to get one, then he probably didn’t have money for food either.

So, when Sergeant Drummond decided to leave the Marine Corps after four-and-a-half years, he had a good idea of where he wanted to go. “I was planning to get out of the Marine Corps when I learned about the vacant position of senior loan administrator with the Society. I thought that job would be a perfect fit for me and an easy transition from the Marine Corps.”

Now employed by NMCRS, Drummond communicates daily with Marines and Sailors, keeping them updated on the status of their interest-free loans. “Most clients are willing to ask for help or do whatever needs to be done to pay back their loan,” he said. “Marines and Sailors are grateful for our service. Usually, if there’s a problem with their repayment, it’s because they forgot about it.”

“I like being here because I know the military, I know about military pay, and I’m still helping Marines and Sailors.”

Welcome aboard, James!

By Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso

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