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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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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 a Marine Officer


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


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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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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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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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During or After College


Marine Officer opportunities are available to students on their way to completing a college degree. Marine Officer programs allow students to continue their college studies while becoming leaders of the world’s most elite forces.


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Demands on the Family


In order to support the decision to serve, you and your family must consider the realities of life as a Marine: selfless service, the potential to see combat, and time away from home, in addition to the many benefits of Marine Corps service.


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Marine Corps benefits ensure that your son, daughter or student can enjoy the way of life he or she defends. We believe that these benefits are justly due to those who pledge themselves to honor and selfless service.

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Supporting the Decision


When you first hear that your son, daughter or student wants to become a Marine, you realize, from this moment forward, everything will be different. You feel proud, but you probably have many questions. You may be concerned or even worried.


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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