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Why the Marines?


Service in the Marine Corps appeals to sons, daughters or students like yours for many reasons, including selfless service, pride, legacy, challenge, and a sense of belonging.


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Salary Information


While training and serving, your Marine will earn a salary comparable to that of civilian opportunities so that he or she can continue to be self-sufficient or care for a family.

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Physical Demands


The physical nature of life as a Marine is widely known. Recruits and Officer Candidates are trained intensely so that they will be ready for its challenges.


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Recruit and Specialty Training


Marine Corps training happens in several stages. In order to prepare for life as a Marine, your son or daughter must first go to Recruit Training and then to Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Training (MOS is the term for a Marine's job).


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Becoming an Enlisted Marine


Enlisted Marines make up the majority of the Marine Corps. They are trained to respond whenever necessary and are ready to protect our nation's interests in the air, on the ground and at sea.


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Our Values


Solid moral values and leadership characteristics are essential to our curriculum, the institution and successful missions.


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Becoming a Marine Officer


Marine Corps Officers are leaders of Marines in many Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs).


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Living on Base


After Recruit Training, Marines are stationed at Marine bases throughout the world, depending on the needs of the Corps at the time. On Marine Corps bases worldwide, Marines enjoy the American way of life they protect.

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Force in Readiness


The Marine Corps’ purpose is best expressed in our three commitments to the country: we make Marines, we win our nation’s battles and we develop quality citizens.


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Your Role


As a parent or educator, you’ve laid the foundation of character that has led your son, daughter or student to consider the Marine Corps.



Do you have a Marine Corps story to tell about your personal experience?

Your story could ultimately help other influencers who are going through the process of helping someone make the decision to serve in the Marine Corps.

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