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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.

No matter what Marine Corps job interests your son or daughter, every Marine is first and foremost trained as, and responsible for being, a rifleman and a warrior. All recruits receive the same training—the legendary Marine Corps Recruit Training that earns them the title "Marine."

Only after completing Recruit Training will your son or daughter get the world-class technical and skill-based instruction of Marines MOS Training. This is the skill set he or she will rely on day to day.

New recruits should be physically ready before shipping to Recruit Training. In fact, to qualify for Recruit Training, they must meet our physical standards. The basic Recruit Training requirements include a test of running, pull-ups and crunches. A Marine Recruiter can tell you more about the physical qualifications for Recruit Training and help your son or daughter prepare.

If your son or daughter doesn’t have a current physical fitness regimen, a recruiter can recommend one and help him or her begin it. Many Marine Recruiters hold group workouts that help future recruits step up their workout routine while building camaraderie with other poolees—the official term for those who have committed to becoming Marines but have not yet shipped to Recruit Training.

You can encourage healthy changes to eating habits and physical routine. Shifting to a balanced diet with limited sugar, caffeine and fat now will help your son or daughter adjust to the food at Recruit Training. A healthy level of physical activity every day will also help prepare him or her for intense physical activity during training.

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Joe Ritola Avatar

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one thing i noticed about this site is people are willing to share there problems with everybody
and are not embarrased to do so=)

Posted by: Joe Ritola on 04/27/2012

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Michelle Limon Avatar

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That's a drag, if that's the only thing you got from this site...

Posted by: Michelle Limon on 08/25/2012

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Sir or Ma'am,

My name is Mary Gahan. My father was in the coast gaurd and his father was in the marines.
I am 14 and I plan on becomeing a marine.I am very deadicated on serveing my country. my first Question is, do they have a Marine ROTC? Are female treated equaly and can serve in all the same ways of males? I can run a mile in 5 minutes and i am very phasachly fit. No health problems, i have broken some bones,most all fingers,some toes , my right leg. But these are fine and show no signs of becomeing a problem later on.i am 5'8 and weigh a total of 114lbs.

Posted by: mary gahan on 07/30/2012

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Brendan Meyer Avatar

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My name is Brendan Meyer I am 13 years old weighing at 130 pounds and am in outstanding shape from hockey. I would like to know if there is a young marines program near Greeley colorado. Also my older brother wants to join the navy (and we don't have a younger brother or sister). Can we both join?

Posted by: Brendan Meyer on 08/16/2012

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ASADU BENJAMIN Avatar

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sir, can sombody from Nigeria take part in the recruitment. And if yes, what are the proceedures that the person will take to meet up with the requirments?

Posted by: ASADU BENJAMIN on 05/19/2012

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alejandro betancourt Avatar

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I want to perform military service as marin in the U.S. but I'm from Colombia, I can do?

Posted by: alejandro betancourt on 03/01/2013

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Dilia Bodre Avatar

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I will be 25 years old this year and was engaged to a marine. I am looking for an opportunity to travel, gain skills in leadership and have an experience I never had before. I am a college graduate with my BA in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. I weight 200 right now, but am going to the gym consistently and have lost significant amount of weight already. I was wondering how much more would I have to lose (aside from doing the IST and passing the Asvab), before I can qualify to go?

Posted by: Dilia Bodre on 04/30/2012

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Chris Gauris Avatar

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Hi im 15 years old and im planning on joining the marines when I'm 20 years old. I wanted to know if i could e-mail a recruiter fo ask him questions about the marine corps

Posted by: Chris Gauris on 12/18/2011

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dylan satter Avatar

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im 15 years old i would like to know some good things to do to prepare for the marine corps i would also like to contact a recruiter

Posted by: dylan satter on 02/06/2012

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alexander rosario Avatar

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im 16 turning 17 in 2 months, im 5'6 124lbs and im in pretty good shape. i want to know if their is a program for high school students to get them prepared with everything they need to know and do training as well. and should i start to contact a recruiter now or wait till the middle of my senior year? Thank you for your time.

Posted by: alexander rosario on 06/12/2012

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Chris Gauris Avatar

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Hi I'm 15 years old and I've been thinking about joining the marines for a long time now and I wanted to know I have a thyroid problem and I have to take medicine every morning would I still be able to join the marines?

Posted by: Chris Gauris on 12/19/2011

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Hi Chris, as medical conditions vary from one person to another, Marine Corps recruiters are the best resource for information about specific health requirements. Get in touch with one at http://bit.ly/feSd3y.

Posted by: Community Manager on 12/20/2011

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Seth Snipes Avatar

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Hi I am 14 years old and iv been working out to get ready for the Marines but I have a major question I have Asthma can I still enlist in the Marines if I have Asthma and also is it illegal to contact a recruiter about these Questions?

Posted by: Seth Snipes on 02/03/2012

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Christopher lowe Avatar

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Hi I am 17 years old i have been talking to my recruiter, but i was curios, what if i can almost double the crunches, push ups, and pull ups, but i do not think i can run three miles in 18 minutes. So i am curios about how much that will affect my score?

Posted by: Christopher lowe on 11/17/2011

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Hi Christopher, to prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training, you should know that a perfect score of 300 for a male on the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 18 minutes or less. However, the minimum passing score is 135. A perfect score of 300 for a female consists of a 70-second flexed arm hang, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 21 minutes or less. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements. Contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/gm06Z4. -LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 11/18/2011

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Joe Ritola Avatar

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all i can say is keep running=)

Posted by: Joe Ritola on 04/27/2012

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Noel Maldonado Avatar

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I am 16 years old about to be 17 in august, I weigh 160 and measure 67 inches, I can meet all but one of the requirements on the physical portion. I am not able to do 3 pull ups, and i was wondering if i can still go to basic training. I have taken my Asvab at my high school and waiting for my score. If anyone has some advice to how to train to do pull-ups please don't hesitate to comment.

Posted by: Noel Maldonado on 02/25/2012

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Joe Ritola Avatar

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one thing that will help you is pull-downs both with arms in a wide grip facing away from you and a norraw grip facing you.
i am 15 years old and am planning to join the corps and i have achieved a personal best of 31 pull-ups
-also the best way to get better at them is practice them every day

Posted by: Joe Ritola on 04/27/2012

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zech Matson Avatar

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I am technically diagnosed with asthma and have been since I was 4. I am 17 now and I have never used a inhaler or had anything close to an asthma attack. I can run pretty good and can pass the PT test. would I don't think I had asthma I think it may have just been mucus blocking my airways due to allergies to cats. would I be disqualified for having asthma on my record? and could I go about changing it?

Posted by: zech Matson on 01/26/2013

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tavarus farrrow Avatar

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hi, i'm 14 years old i'm 5'3 and and 180 lbs. and i want to be a marine VERY bad. can i enlist at that weight if can still meat the demands because im big but i can meet the requirements

Posted by: tavarus farrrow on 02/07/2012

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Bryce  Wegner Avatar

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I'm 15 I have always wanted to be a marine. I have some serious health concerns with my feet. I have had my left foot completely rebuilt and my right one was done 2 months ago. Am I able to join? My parents both think I will be unable to complete the physical training. I am in shape and still getting stronger.

Posted by: Bryce Wegner on 08/28/2011

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Zach Howe Avatar

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hello im 16 and ive been thinking about joining the marines for sometime now but im overweight im about 6ft tall and about 230 pounds any suggestions or diet plans?

Posted by: Zach Howe on 10/26/2011

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Hi Zach, welcome to LifeAsAMarine.com! To prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training, you should know that a perfect score of 300 for a male on the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 18 minutes or less. However, the minimum passing score is 135. A perfect score of 300 for a female consists of a 70-second flexed arm hang, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 21 minutes or less. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements. Contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/gm06Z4. />
-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 10/27/2011

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Tessa Ryan Avatar

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I will soon be 15. I want to join the Marines so I'm training even now. I know it will be hard but I want to serve my home.

Posted by: Tessa Ryan on 07/02/2011

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emmanuel medina Avatar

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hi, I have a question, I hope you can answer me. If I'm Mexican, but I really want be a part of the marine corps, I have information for your web page, and I'm training physical and mentally because I know some part of the initial training, and I really want to join to the marine corps. can I be part of the marine corps if I'm Mexican? I really be a marine, really. I'll wait your answer

Posted by: emmanuel medina on 08/08/2011

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Alecia Strawser Avatar

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My son recently graduated from high school. He was working with a recruiter through 11th & 12th grade. His recruiter has not been in contact with him since he received his asphab scores. He passed the test but was interested in retaking it to improve his score. I'm concerned that his recruiter has either been deployed or has retired. We have been to the office several times and have also called a few times. What should we do next?

Posted by: Alecia Strawser on 07/24/2011

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Rafael Mendoza Avatar

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I have a question, I would like to enlist. But before I do that is there a boot camp or program to do marine training for a couple of months just to see how it is and to try it out. Without having the need to enlist. I would really want to try out the training to see if I'm in physical shape and so I can atleast see how its goes.

Posted by: Rafael Mendoza on 11/11/2012

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Barbara Wing Avatar

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What all does the recruiter need to do to help their recruit/poolee get ready for boot camp? Should they be actively involved in their physical training before they ship out? What is the recommended physical fitness regimen for a recruit/poolee? I have lots of questions, I know, but would like to know what happens if the recruit/poolee can pass the training requirements but to the minimum of standards. How will that affect them in boot camp?

Posted by: Barbara Wing on 03/17/2011

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Barbara,
To prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training, you should know that a perfect score of 300 for a male on the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 18 minutes or less. However, the minimum passing score is 135. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements. Contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/gm06Z4. />
-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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andres gonzalez Avatar

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hi, i'm 25 yrs old and currently going to college (finishing in about 2 yrs). i dont meet any of the physical demands to become a marine at the moment but i will start gym training next week, my main problem is address and health issues.
health issues: kidney stones and back problems probably due to over weight (currently weight in 280 lbs).
address issues: i live in Venezuela but i am searching for info and doing everything in my power (legally speaking) to achieve the USMC requirements.
my question is besides lossing 100 lbs what can i do to achieve the physical demands of the USMC?

Posted by: andres gonzalez on 04/28/2011

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Ydms Smith Avatar

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I'm 25 yrs and living in the Caribbean. I was always interested in joining the marines and I know that i can meet the demands that is required. Can anyone advise me on the best steps to take to start.

Posted by: Ydms Smith on 05/08/2011

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To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.

Posted by: Community Manager on 04/21/2011

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Jace  Neal` Avatar

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I'm 14, Ill be 15 in October. I know i can meet all of the physical demands with almost no problem. How old do I have to be to apply for a GED. Being a Marine has been my dream since i was 4 years old. I can shoot a gun no problem. I've been working on my neighbors farm for years and have plenty of training with an AR-15. I can do more than a lot of 14-15 year olds. I want to be on of the few and proud as soon as possible before I'm 17. Is this possible? Can I enlist in a boot camp to further more prepare me for the Marines right now?
Thank you,
Jace Neal.

Posted by: Jace Neal` on 04/21/2011

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Donovan Bader Avatar

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I'm 17 and am still in the process of deciding if I should join the Marines of the Army, I'm quite out of shape and want to join the Marines but am very doubtful if I would pass the minimum fitness requirement. Is there some sort of PT program I could go to in order to get in shape?

Posted by: Donovan Bader on 04/19/2011

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To prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training, you should know that a perfect score of 300 for a male on the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 18 minutes or less. However, the minimum passing score is 135. A perfect score of 300 for a female consists of a 70-second flexed arm hang, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 21 minutes or less. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements. Contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/gm06Z4. />
-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 04/19/2011

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michael cooper Avatar

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Im 16 years old and I turn 17 on june 6th. when will I be able to talk to a recruiter about joining the marines?

Posted by: michael cooper on 03/22/2011

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Michael,
To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.

-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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candace wolfe Avatar

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I am hoping someone may be able to answer some questions. My son has just called and informed me that he will be returning home because he has just been diagnosed with asthma. I was totally unaware that he had asthma alhtough he had been treated for allergies. Is there anythig in the armed services that he would qualify for now??? Coast guard, maybe??? He was unable to complete basic training. I thought if there was a service branch that the training was not as rigorous as the Marines. He is very dissapointed and had no other goals but to be a Marine. Is there anyone I could contact to help him find a new path that would still be service oriented??? If anyone can help...I would surely appreciate it...
Thank-you...
A worried Mom!!!

Posted by: candace wolfe on 04/29/2011

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Dee Carine-Calabrese Avatar

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Hello Candace,

I'm just another mom has right now has a 17yr old poolee but wanted to offer you a suggestion. If it were my son and since I have a martial arts background, I would encourage my son to return to college, studay physical training and business management. Take his Marine training implement them into the Martial Arts field-- opening his own academy. Instill Marine values into martial arts students giving the basic tools to path them properly through life. Good luck and back to school it would be for mine for sure!

Posted by: Dee Carine-Calabrese on 08/23/2011

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Lesli  Askew Avatar

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Hello Candace;
Could you give an update on your son? my son is now being sent home because he developed an infection in his large intestine (they are calling it Colitis; which he never had any gastro problems ever!) and he is, as your son was, devastated that he can't finish his training. I've been told that he can return after he gets better and gets a Medical Waiver.
So, now I'm a worried mom...

Posted by: Lesli Askew on 10/22/2012

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James Broome Avatar

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I have one question I have ADHD and have to take medcation every morning will that stop me from being able to get into the Marine Corps.?

Posted by: James Broome on 09/17/2012

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Matthew Hancock Avatar

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Do people often surpass minimum, or even intermediate physical requirements needed for the Recruit Training Requirements?

Posted by: Matthew Hancock on 10/31/2010

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