Read stories from Marines and members of the Marine Corps family. Each story provides a unique perspective about life in the Marine Corps and what it means to serve.
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.
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).
Marine Corps Officers are leaders of Marines in many Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.