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Becoming a Marine Reservist

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Marine Reservists maintain civilian lifestyles but are ready to support the Marine Corps in major combat assignments, humanitarian efforts and national emergencies. They must live up to the same standards as all Marines.

Reserve Marines go through the same 12 weeks of Recruit Training and work in the same Military Occupational Specialties as active-duty Marines. However, Reserve Marines can continue to pursue a full-time civilian career or education.

To become a Marine Reservist, your son or daughter must:
  • Be a high school graduate or have earned a GED
  • Meet physical requirements, including a timed run, push-ups and crunches
  • Earn a qualifying score on the ASVAB test

A Marine Corps Recruiter can give you further detail on the eligibility requirements for becoming a Reserve Marine, as well as any waivers you may need.

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